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Alonso hoping to beat Williams, Red Bull on Sunday

Jun 7, 2014, 3:45 PM EDT

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Fernando Alonso has set his sights on beating both Williams and Red Bull drivers in tomorrow’s Canadian Grand Prix despite being outqualified by them on Saturday in Montreal.

Alonso seemed to struggle throughout qualifying today, and could only finish seventh in the final session behind the Mercedes, Williams and Red Bull drivers. Even though he will start from so far back, the Spaniard was still pleased with his lap.

“I think it was the limit, the lap was very very good,” Alonso explaiend. “We crossed the line and there are six cars faster than us, they were faster than us all through qualifying so it wasn’t as if all of a sudden they are there.

“We were 12th in Q1 in the first run so it was a difficult Saturday for us and it means we were not fast enough. The new parts yesterday they worked OK and I felt the car better and it 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 admitted that he was surprised by Williams’ pace in Montreal, with Valtteri Bottas and Felipe Massa qualifying fourth and fifth respectively. However, he still thinks that he can fight to beat them and the Red Bulls of Sebastian Vettel (P3) and Daniel Ricciardo (P6).

“Surprisingly good [were] Williams here, Red Bull have been very good, we want to fight for the second place in the constructors with Red Bull so we’d like to finish in front of them if we can.

“Degradation of the tires 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 today, we need to be clever with that. We need to finish the race and score points, hopefully in front of our competitors.”

Alonso currently sits third in the drivers’ championship behind the two Mercedes drivers, and although he won’t be able to challenge for a third title this year, he will certainly be hoping to taste the winner’s champagne at some point this season.

  1. techmeister1 - Jun 7, 2014 at 4:39 PM

    Alonso is going to have his work cut out to get in front of the Williams unless they do it on strategy. The pecking order other than Williams has stayed about the same with Mercedes having close to a second per lap advantage over Ferrari.

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