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Alonso primed for 'very complicated weekend'

ESPN Staff
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Fernando Alonso says Ferrari has been hampered by the wet weather in FP1 © Getty Images
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Fernando Alonso is expecting a "very complicated weekend" in Canada despite setting the fastest time of practice in Montreal.

After a wet first session, Alonso edged out Lewis Hamilton but just 0.012s in FP2 as the Ferrari looked competitive on both low and high fuel. However, Alonso said Ferrari didn't yet have a clear direction for the rest of the weekend and that he would be reserving judgement on his chances until after qualifying.

"Felipe [Massa] and I made different choices for the long runs and this is another reason why we will have to wait for the outcome of qualifying to understand more," Alonso said. "The only certainty is that we must ensure we make the right decisions, because today we saw how getting a clean lap depends a lot on the time you make the decision and what track conditions are like at that moment. We can expect a very complicated weekend, because the weather is due to remain changeable right up to Sunday and judging the grip level will be difficult, both in qualifying and in the race."

Alonso also said Ferrari would need to use FP3 to analyse its upgrades having been affected by the rain in FP1.

"It was an untypical Friday, affected by the extremely changeable weather. We didn't manage to complete our programme because the track was wet in the morning and so only tomorrow will we find out if the updates we tested here produce a real performance evolution. It was very important that we try them just as it was also important to try the new Pirelli tyres."