Alonso in the dark over Ferrari upgrades
7 June 2013 – Fernando Alonso says Ferrari is yet to determine whether or not its upgrades for the Canadian Grand Prix have been successful, with mixed weather conditions preventing the Spaniard from completing his planned programme in Montreal on Friday.
Despite topping the opening day of practice at the venue, Alonso has refused to make any predictions for the remainder of the weekend, insisting that he and team-mate Felipe Massa must focus solely on learning more about the update package.
"It was an untypical Friday, affected by extremely changeable weather," said Alonso. "We didn’t manage to complete our programme as the track was wet in the morning and so only tomorrow will we find out if the updates we tested produce a real performance evolution. It was very important that we try them just as it was also important to try the new Pirelli tyres.
"Felipe and I made different choices for the long runs and this is another reason why we will have to wait for the outcome of qualifying to understand more. The only certainty is that we must ensure we make the right decisions, because today we saw how getting a clean lap depends a lot on the time you make the decision and what track conditions are like at that moment."
Alonso added that he is expecting a "very complicated" race weekend to unfold in Montreal, with changeable weather conditions expected on both Saturday and Sunday.
"We can expect a very complicated weekend, because the weather is due to remain changeable right up to Sunday and judging the grip level will be difficult, both in qualifying and in the race," summed up Alonso, who won the race for Renault in 2006.