Schu’re sandbagging says Alonso

Sat, 24 June 2006, 04:06

Fernando Alonso has accused title rival Ferrari of playing Montreal mind games.

Renault’s Spanish driver was easily quicker than Michael Schumacher on a chilly and slippery opening day in Canada, but he reckons Ferrari might deliberately have been veiling their true pace.

Indeed, although the FIA’s rule tweak was to better control flexi-wings, Schumacher or teammate Felipe Massa oddly did not feature prominently in Circuit Gilles Villeneuve’s speed traps despite usually making a big mark.

”I think they perhaps intentionally went a little too slow today,” 24-year-old Alonso said after practice.

Schumacher and Ferrari technical director Ross Brawn, however, pointed the finger in the direction of Bridgestone and said they simply couldn’t generate enough tyre grip.

Incidentally, weather forecasts predict a warmer day on Saturday.

Alonso added: ”The circuit grip was poor, as normal on Friday here.”

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