Fernando Alonso refused to get carried away with the second quickest time in Friday practice for the Canadian Grand Prix, with the Spaniard insisting that the opening day of running would give little indication of what is to come over the weekend.
The Spaniard ended the second 90 minute session just 0.086secs behind pacesetter Sebastian Vettel but admitted that he wasn't paying too much attention to the times given the way in which his weekend in Turkey had panned out.
After a solid showing in practice in Istanbul, Alonso failed to make it through to the final phase of qualifying and struggled in the race as a result.
"Friday's results tell us little,” he said. “In the second session in Turkey, we had not done too badly and then everyone saw what happened in qualifying and the race. We must keep trying our best and then let's see what we can do. A podium, a place in the points, a win: the final result depends on so many factors and the important thing is to concentrate on our job.”
While Alonso also insisted that tyre degradation would improve as the weekend goes on and the circuit gets more use, Ferrari team-mate Felipe Massa said he felt tyre wear could be a key factor in the race although the Brazilian was pleased to see the Scuderia
closer to the pace.
"It was not an easy day, especially in terms of the degradation on the rear tyres, a factor which could play a decisive role in Sunday's race,” he said. “From what we have seen today, our car seems to be more competitive than in the previous race: the gap to the strongest teams like Red Bull and McLaren appears to be smaller and I really hope we can get back to fighting for the top places.
“One of the most complicated aspects is finding the right compromise between the top speed you need on the straights and the stability for traction and braking. We have a few ideas in mind which I hope can take us in the right direction."