Alonso expects clearer picture after Canada

Fernando Alonso expects the Canadian Grand Prix will present a clearer picture in regards to Ferrari's performance for the remainder of the season.

The Spaniard currently leads the drivers' championship ahead of both Red Bull drivers after some impressive races in a car which he and the team are well aware isn't the quickest on the grid.

"Leading the championship is only the beginning, it's a starting point, because the ultimate target is leading the championship after the final race in Brazil in November," said Alonso.

"It's a long championship and the first six races brought us enough points to be in the lead, but we are well aware that we have to improve. We need to make the car faster, working hard, while making no mistakes and finding consistency, which is not the easiest thing to do in this championship."

Traction and top-speed, two very important factors in Canada, are areas in which the Italian outfit have been focusing their attention and Alonso believes progress has been made.

"I think we have improved the car in these areas since the beginning of the season and Canada will be a good test in this respect.

"Hopefully this weekend we will see a competitive Ferrari and that will be very important for us, not just for this race but also for the rest of the season," he added.

The 30-year-old expects the F2012 to be competitive around the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve next weekend.

"I don’t see any reason why Ferrari should not be competitive in Canada, fighting for the top places come the end of the race," he continued. "Winning races is not easy, neither is finishing on the podium, but the important thing is to score points and find a good level of consistency."