Alonso: Canada an important race for us
3 June 2014 – Fernando Alonso has said the Canadian Grand Prix this weekend will be an 'important' race for Ferrari and that the team needs to match what its rivals have done on the development front since Monaco 'plus something'.
Ferrari has struggled to match Mercedes and to a lesser extent Red Bull Racing so far this year, and to date the squad has taken just one podium, with Alonso coming home third in China.
After finishing fourth in Monaco two weeks ago, Alonso is determined now to do better and recently he spent a few days at the team's Maranello base.
"Everyone is very motivated and hungry for good results," he told Ferrari's official website. "We are all working in one direction to improve the car and be more competitive than we saw in the first part of the championship. We are realistic and we know where we are. But from now on we want to start getting different kinds of results and try and enjoy the weekends a bit more."
"Canada for sure is an important race for us," he underlined. "We have been preparing the car and improving it on the aero side. We have also been in the simulator and have done a lot of work on the set-up to try and arrive there with a better and more competitive machine.
"Let's see what we can do. We need to wait and see what our competitors do and we need to match what they are doing plus something [to close the gap].
"Hopefully Canada is the starting point for us and we can take some good points back home."
Alonso has had mixed fortunes in Montreal over the years and while he won in 2006, and was third in 2010 and second last year, he has also had five DNFs.
"Canada is a very nice track and very challenging," continued the Spaniard. "There are only six or seven corners but all of them have something special. All of them have some danger and all of them are important to set a good lap time. It is a circuit that I enjoy and there is definitely no room for mistakes as all the walls are very, very close. It is challenging, but good to drive."
"You can feel the city of Montreal has a lot of passion for the race when we arrive there and everyone gets involved in the preparations," he added.
"I have won there and it definitely has some good memories. I also remember that big storm a couple of years back which meant the race was red flagged for a couple of hours and we were waiting on the grid. There have been ups and downs there in terms of my results. But hopefully this year will be a good one".