MONTREAL: Championship leader Fernando Alonso believes this weekend’s Canadian Grand Prix will reveal Ferrari’s potential to sustain their fight for world championship glory.
The Italian team struggled during winter testing and were a long way off the pace at the season-opening race in Montreal.
In spite of this and in conjunction with this season’s memorable start to the season — in which six different drivers have won the opening six races — double-champion Alonso picked up a win in Malaysia and podiums in Spain and Monaco.
The Spaniard now holds a three-point lead over Red Bull drivers Sebastian Vettel and Australian Mark Webber.
The 30-year-old admitted the Montreal track will be Ferrari’s biggest test since the start of the season, but believes they have done enough to stay competitive.
“I think we have improved the car in these areas since the beginning of the season and Canada will be a good test in this respect,” he said.
“Hopefully this weekend we will see a competitive Ferrari and that will be very important for us, not just for this race but also for the rest of the season.
“It’s hard to say in advance, as this season has been so unpredictable with ups and downs for everyone over the course of six races. However, I don’t see any reason why Ferrari should not be competitive in Canada, fighting for the top places come the end of the race.”
Despite leading the title race, Alonso believes Ferrari still have a lot of catching up to do.