• Canadian Grand Prix

Alonso proud Ferrari gambled on the win

ESPN Staff
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Fernando Alonso is proud Ferrari opted to go for the win at the Canadian Grand Prix with a risky strategy rather than settle for second by matching race-winner Lewis Hamilton's for pit stops.

Alonso took the lead when Hamilton pitted for the second time on lap 50, but in doing so he was asking too much of his 30-lap old tyres. In the end the degradation saw him fall to fifth place, but he said he has no regrets about his strategy.

"I'm proud of the team and happy we went for the victory," Alonso said. "We tossed the coin in the air and we waited to see the result and it didn't work. At least we tried and we were not happy with second. In the end it was too many laps and in the end we ran out of tyres quite suddenly and it was too late to pit."

He said he would not have stood a chance of beating Hamilton if he pitted at the same time as the McLaren and admitted Ferrari was keeping one eye on Sebastian Vettel, who beat Alonso after bailing out of a one-stop strategy eight laps from the end.

"Lewis was quicker than us all the way through so pitting at the same time of Lewis we would have come second, which now seems like a much better result than fifth, but after the race that's easy to say. At that point it was 50/50 and we either cover Vettel or we cover Hamilton and we did Vettel and it didn't work."