Fernando Alonso endured a bitterly disappointing F1 2011 Canadian Grand Prix and while he admitted 'everything went wrong', he is already looking ahead to Valencia in two weeks time.
Alonso went into the race hopeful of challenging for the victory in his Ferrari after qualifying on the front row alongside runaway championship leader, Sebastian Vettel. However his race came to a premature end on lap 38, when he tangled with eventual winner, Jenson Button at turn 3 and had to retire.
“Everything went wrong, right from this morning when we saw it was raining,” Alonso rued. “We had our best qualifying of the year and we found ourselves starting behind the safety car, when I felt that for me, the intermediates were the best tyre. When we fitted them, the downpour came, along with the red flag which meant those who had not changed tyres could now do it practically for nothing.
“Finally there was the coming together with Button, which as a final insult left my car beached on a kerb and I was unable to get going again.
“It's a real shame because today we really had a good race pace but we were unlucky.”
Despite not scoring though and slipping further behind Vettel in the title race – Alonso is now 92 points adrift and sixth in the standings – the Spaniard is optimistic he can still win the F1 2011 drivers' crown this year, although only if the others in front have problems.
“When you don't score points then you must immediately turn the page and look to the next race,” he continued. “I think that in Valencia we can do well, because it is another circuit which should suit our car well, as was also the case here.
“The championship is not finished yet, but we must now hope for errors from others to have some hope. Our performance level here was good, especially because of the characteristics of the circuit, but also thanks to the updates we brought here.
“We must keep our heads up, have confidence in our ability and work hard,” he summed-up.