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Alonso hails Montreal importance

Wednesday 4th June 2014

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Alonso hails Montreal importance

Alonso hails Montreal importance

Fernando Alonso admitted that this weekend's Canadian Grand Prix is an "important" race for Ferrari, adding that the Maranello team needs to develop the F14 T faster than their rivals.

For most of the 2014 Formula One season to date, Ferrari have struggled to keep up with Mercedes and even Red Bull, with Alonso claiming Scuderia's only podium of the season when he finished in third place in Shanghai.

After Alonso finished fourth in Monaco a fortnight ago, the two-time World Champion made a trip to the team's factory in Maranello and he is excited by what he saw there.

"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," the Spaniard told Ferrari's official website.

"Everyone is very motivated and hungry for good results.

"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.

"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."

Montreal's Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve has proven to be a tricky one to negotiate for Alonso, who has failed to finish there on five occasions during his career to date.

However, he did win there in 2006 and finished on the podium in 2010 and 2013.

"Canada is a very nice track and very challenging," Alonso continued.

"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.

"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".

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