Alonso unsure about podium chances

Thursday 05-June-2014 20:08

Fernando Alonso is refusing to rule out a podium result in Montreal but admits it is a "very ambitious" target.

The double World Champion is one of five past Canadian Grand Prix winners that will line up on the grid this Sunday.

He took the chequered flag back in 2006, the year in which he won his second World title with Renault.

This year Alonso concedes that even the podium could be a step too far, however, is confident Ferrari will do everything they can.

"I don't know really. The podium is a very ambitious target and obviously we need to be optimistic because it is only Thursday so we need to believe in ourselves," he said.

"But let's go step by step first: doing a good practice, trying to validate the new package and trying to see if we confirm the good hopes we have.

"With qualifying it's important to maximise everything because there are many cars in a very narrow window over a timed lap.

"Then in the race, this in the past has been quite a good race for us, we had good pace in the race, and we need to confirm this [again].

"If we can be on the podium is fantastic, if not, [the target is] to score as many points as possible."

Ferrari have arrived in Montreal with several updates for the F14T with Alonso urging "perfection" from all at the Italian outfit.

"There are some updates coming to the car which we've been working some weeks [on] and we've been testing in the simulator quite a lot, also after Monaco.

"All these hopes we need to see it on the track.

"It's a circuit that we're running 1:15, 1:16 so it's one of the shortest circuits and we expect the times to be really close, one second between 15 cars or whatever.

"So we need to find perfection because one or two tenths can be six or seven positions and we need to be in front of this."

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