• Canadian Grand Prix

Alonso counting on rivals making mistakes

ESPNF1 Staff
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Fernando Alonso: "Everything went wrong, right from this morning when we saw it was raining" © Sutton Images

Fernando Alonso has admitted he needs other drivers to make errors in order to get back in the championship chase this season, after he retired from the Canadian Grand Prix.

Alonso is now 92 points adrift of championship leader Sebastian Vettel, having lost another 18 points to the Red Bull driver on Sunday when he failed to score for the first time this season. Alonso started alongside Vettel on the front row of the grid, but a hectic race saw him lose ground and eventually retire when his Ferrari became beached on a kerb following a collision with race winner Jenson Button.

"It's a real shame because today we really had a good race pace but we were unlucky: that's not a feeling I have, it's a fact," he said. "When you don't score points then you must immediately turn the page and look to the next race. 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 lamented the way his grand prix had panned out and revealed that he would have preferred a dry race.

"Everything went wrong, right from this morning when we saw it was raining. 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.