Fernando Alonso believes he now requires a sequence of four or five podiums if he is to remain in contention to win the F1 2013 Drivers' title.
Alonso, who is currently third in the standings, only finished seventh in Monaco last time out and with Red Bull Racing's Sebastian Vettel taking second place, the Ferrari man lost further ground, with his German rival extending his lead over the Spaniard to 29 points.
“We were hoping for some consistent results, but in Monaco we did not pick up so many points, so now we need four or five races on the podium or at least very near the podium in order to recover some of the points we have lost,” Alonso confirmed to Ferrari's official website ahead of this weekend's Canadian Grand Prix, the seventh round in championship.
“All the races are different and unique and this weekend will be a tricky one with the weather conditions. Anything can happen especially in the wet and we saw in qualifying in Monaco, that when the rain came it was chaotic: it means that if you are not on track at the end if the track is drying, or if you have a problem with a yellow flag or you make a small mistake, then you are out.
“So it will be a case of maximum concentration to do well here and also in the coming races, at Silverstone, Germany and Hungary. So every Thursday it will be a case of saying the same thing, 'we must score good points.'”
“We have had some unlucky situations this year, like when I had a slight touch in Malaysia which put me out of the race, while we have seen, for example, [Lewis] Hamilton and Vettel touching in Barcelona and they were both able to continue,” he added. “However, in Monaco it was simply a case of not having the pace. At this stage of the season, we have two more points than last year when we were leading the championship, so in a way we are doing a little bit better than last year.
“What is not so normal is the amount of points Sebastian has scored in the last six races – a lot! We need to try and finish in front of him, because everyone has bad luck at some point and it will come to him as well. Kimi had his bad luck in Monaco with the accident, so that we are now only five points behind him.”
Canada has not always been kind to Alonso, especially in recent years, and he admits the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve is a tough nut to crack.
“It's true we've never had really great results here [even if I did finish third in 2010],” he added. “Some of the inconsistency was down to strange circumstances, but it's a circuit that's a little bit tricky to understand. It changes all through the weekend: not just the surface but also the wind can change a lot which affects your braking points, plus there is no room for mistakes, just like at a street circuit with the walls so close. But hopefully this year we can do a bit better.”