Fernando Alonso believes Ferrari’s upgrade package for the Canadian Grand Prix has paid off, despite the team recording its second-worst qualifying performance of the year.
Alonso will start Sunday’s race from seventh on the grid, with team mate Kimi Raikkonen tenth.
“The development package we have brought here in Canada has worked well,” Alonso said, “the car has improved and I am pleased about that, even if at the moment we are unable to extract all the potential out of the car.”
The 2006 Canadian Grand Prix winner says rising temperatures at the track will have a strong influence on strategy for tomorrow’s race.
“We will have to do a good job of managing tyre degradation and of choosing the right number of stops,” he said.
“It’s been much hotter than yesterday and the tyre that seemed to be the best to race on, the soft, today appeared less suited to the conditions than the super-soft.
“If, as expected, the hot weather continues, the choice will move towards the latter and that will mean making one more stop.”
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