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.
“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.
"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.