Alonso pinning hopes on dry race day
8 June 2013 – Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso is pinning his hopes on the Canadian Grand Prix being held amid dry weather conditions, with the Spaniard unable to finish higher than sixth in a rain-hit qualifying session at the Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve on Saturday.
With championship leader Sebastian Vettel claiming his second pole position of the season at the Montreal venue, Alonso had to settle for the final spot on the third row of the grid, posting a time over one second slower than his Red Bull rival.
"We were aware how difficult this weekend could be, because with such changeable weather, the track can change from one lap to the next and right to the end, you can never be sure what the right tyres to use are," said Alonso. "I am reasonably happy to have salvaged what I could from a qualifying that featured so many unknowns.
"Starting from sixth here isn’t bad, because you can overtake. I’m definitely hoping for a race with no rain, because in the dry, looking at yesterday’s long runs, we can be more competitive and quicker than some of the cars that start in front of us tomorrow."
Alonso added that despite a third row starting position, his aim remains to finish ahead of Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Räikkönen and hone in on the title lead.
"The aim is still to make up ground on our closest competitors: with Räikkönen we have a slightly better chance, as he is starting behind me, while it’s a tougher task with Vettel," he said. "I won’t take anything for granted, as here, especially if it rains, anything can happen and it can be the case that strategy counts for less than luck."
Massa is due to start the Grand Prix from 16th position after his Q2 crash at Turn 3.