8 June 2012 – Things appear to be looking up at Ferrari, with Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa having finished Montreal’s Friday in second and third positions. The two drivers were separated by a tenth of a second once Super Soft tyres were fitted in the afternoon
“I am rather pleased with the way things went,” Alonso began, having been best of the rest behind pace-setting Lewis Hamilton. “This morning we concentrated mainly on evaluating some new updates, while in the afternoon we worked principally on a comparison of the two types of tyre, looking for performance over a single lap and also to check the behaviour of the car with a lot of fuel on-board. The first indications seem to be positive, but it is much too soon to draw any conclusions as Friday times should never be taken at face value.”
Massa began the day with the team’s latest exhaust configuration, which was then used by Alonso in order to conduct a full comparison between the two drivers.
“It was a very positive Friday for us,” the Brazilian added. “We managed to do a lot of laps and, above all, test everything we had on our programme. Fortunately, the rain – and, boy, did it rain! - arrived just after the second session had ended, so we managed to do everything properly. I think we can be happy with the fact that the updates we have brought here worked, even if it’s hard to give an instant assessment of how much of an improvement they have produced. In any case, the intention is to keep the car in this new configuration.”
Ferrari last won at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in 2004, when Michael Schumacher led home Rubens Barrichello in a one-two finish.