May 16 (Andrés Rojas).- It’s certainly easy to notice that Ferrari has gotten more competitive lately. A second place by Fernando Alonso in Monaco, and him starting in Canada from the second spot (While Massa from the third) tells a good deal about the team effort to battle for at list, positive Headlines. The race in Canada ended with an unfair disappointment since Alonso retired following contact with the eventual race winner Jenson Button and Massa had to settle for sixth after hitting the wall late on.
We called it “disappointment” because it seemed they had -both drivers- a very strong case to make it or at least to bother Vettel at the top. From Friday practice session until qualifying the F150 Italia looked good. Besides, Gilles Villeneuve was the kind of track that suits that machine.
However, such a complicated race could not gone without its pays, and Alonso was one of them, and paid a high price for it because he could no even show it off. He had to abandon without even scratching his car, as he was touch by Button and unluckily got stuck over a kerb with no track to help get out of it.
One thing is right, the team is starting to show its teeth and Stefano Domenicalli already declared that they should and will, put pressure on Red Bull and McLaren. Especially now that they saw Vettel making a little mistake while being under huge pressure from Button, which cost him the victory.
In Ferrari’s web site, Domenicalli commented: "When you have days like this you want to turn the page immediately, forgetting the negatives and hanging on to the positive aspects," and he added, "Partly down to the characteristics of the track and also because of all the work we are doing, we are beginning to see the benefits of our efforts, as was the case in Monaco and also in Montreal where we were competitive enough to fight for the win. We must continue down this path, because sooner or later the results will come.”
Fernando Alonso will keep the fight until he is mathematically out of contention. The Spaniard is now 92 points off championship leader Sebastian Vettel.
The gap seems really big, but there’s still a lot of race left and a lot can happen. A string of very good results could put him on the map.
"No, the title is not gone because mathematically it is still alive," said Alonso, whose best result this season has been second place in the Monaco Grand Prix."
"We saw some retirements in the past years, as Hamilton did in Monza and Singapore last year. And if you win two races, and Vettel retires, the gap can close a lot."
"It up to them (Red Bull Racing) to do some mistakes but, if not, they have a very good position in the championship."
Alonso believes he had legitimate chance to fight and claim a victory in Montreal, but conceded that not the best of lucks with the wrong timing of the stops cost him badly.
"In the dry it was very possible [to win]; while in the wet you need to be lucky with the positions.