Seventh position the limit, Alonso admits
7 June 2014 – Fernando Alonso has admitted that seventh position was the "limit" of Ferrari's capabilities during qualifying for the Canadian Grand Prix.
With the Mercedes duo of Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton comfortably clear, Alonso was left to battle the Williams and Red Bull machines, with just 0.266 separating the Spaniard and third-placed Sebastian Vettel.
"I think it was the limit. The lap was very, very good," said Alonso.
"We crossed the line and six cars are faster than us. They were faster all through qualifying so it wasn't as if all of a sudden they were there.
"The new parts yesterday worked OK and the car felt better and improved, so I'm happy with those and I know there's more coming at the next races to hopefully put us in a better position."
Alonso expects tomorrow's race to revolve around tyre degradation, given the increasing temperatures.
"Degradation of the tyres will be important for the race and we need to manage that as much as we can and choose the right time to stop, especially with the temperature change. We need to be clever with that," he said.
"We need to finish the race and score points, hopefully in front of our competitors."
With one less set of fresh Super Soft tyres available in Q3, team-mate Kimi Räikkönen finished 10th.