Bittersweet feeling as gamble fails for Alonso
11 June 2012 – ‘Red does not come up in the Montreal casino’ was the title of Ferrari’s post-race press release in Montreal on Sunday, with Fernando Alonso having failed when attempting to out-fox Lewis Hamilton for victory.
Whereas Hamilton pitted twice, both Alonso and Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel made single stops as they attempted to stretch out an advantage large enough to stay ahead of the eventual winning McLaren. However, whereas Vettel pitted after being overtaken, Alonso stayed out and ended up losing around 25 seconds; had he come in, the Spaniard would most likely have finished the race in second position.
“We tried to win the race, but the gamble didn’t pay off,” Alonso said afterwards. “It’s easy now to say we should have also made a second stop, but it would have meant trying nothing and we probably would have lost position to Vettel anyway.”
Despite his obvious disappointment, the title winner of 2005 and 2006 is pleased that Ferrari was able to enjoy a straight fight for victory at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.
“The car was practically competitive all race-long,” he continued. “It wasn’t the quickest here – the McLaren was very quick, as expected – but we have definitely made a step forward in terms of performance.
"We need to work out how to improve tyre degradation; a few degrees in temperature make such a difference between preserving your tyres and them coming to the end of their life.”
In spite of Ferrari’s major troubles with a revolutionary car at the start of the season, Alonso is second in the standings and just two points behind Hamilton.