Fernando Alonso gave Ferrari some encouragement by taking second place in the Friday afternoon session in Montreal, but typically he was not getting too excited about the performance.
His team mate Felipe Massa was fifth in the same session, and intriguingly the Ferrari drivers appeared to have less severe graining problems than their rivals.
“I think it was OK today, a little bit better,” said Alonso. “But also in Istanbul I remember we were fourth and fifth on Friday practice, and then in qualifying we were out of Q2. So we need to stay concentrated, stay focussed for tomorrow, because everything can change when everybody goes flat out in qualifying.
“This is only Friday, only practice, we used these sessions to try the tyres and work a little bit on the brakes as well. This is a very hard braking circuit, so I think we just concentrate on the race situation and we don’t pay attention to the times. Tomorrow everything can change.”
Alonso had a few moments under braking during the day, but he said it was due to experimentation.
“Braking we know is one of the key facts in this circuit. One in terms of performance, because we know how much you can gain in braking zones, and then as we said now we’ve been working on the brakes all day long, just trying different materials, different cooling levels etc, to make the car perfectly ready for Sunday. On those occasions it was not easy the car sometimes to brake. Hopefully tomorrow it will be OK.”
The Spaniard says the track, which has in large part been resurfaced, is in good condition:“I think it’s good. New asphalt in most of the corners, just Turn 8 remains with the old asphalt. No problems at all today, so everything was fine. In terms of level of grip and how smooth is the circuit, it’s improved as well, no bumps. I think it will remain good all the weekend, because there are no signs of anything.”