Fernando Alonso has taken a cheeky swipe at Ferrari following his “worst performance” of the season, following his seventh-place finish at the recent Spanish Grand Prix.
After finishing second in Monaco, Alonso headed to his home race hoping for a podium, at the venue where he claimed his last win in Formula 1.
Alonso’s last win came at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya in 2013 whilst racing for Ferrari, a team he left at the end of 2014.
The 41-year-old finished P7 with Lance Stroll in P6, whilst Ferrari could only salvage fifth and 11th.
Charles Leclerc failed to score a point whilst Carlos Sainz was unable to convert a front row start into a podium, much to his disappointment.
It meant that Aston Martin still scored more points in Spain that the Maranello-based team, something Alonso took a dig at.
“It was our worst performance of the season”, Alonso told Sky Italia.
“Something didn’t work, but I don’t know what it is now. We will figure it out once we go back to the factory. Even on a tough weekend, we still got more points than Ferrari, so it was still a positive race.
“We lost some points to Mercedes, but we hope to do better than them in Canada. We will have some updates in Canada and Silverstone, so I’m not worried.”
Alonso raced for Ferrari from 2010-2014, a period where he came agonisingly close to winning a third title.
Kimi Raikkonen remains as the last Ferrari driver to win a Drivers’ Champion though, back in 2007.
The Scuderia certainly aren’t going to be winning either championship this season, with the SF-23 being incredibly inconsistent.
Ferrari are fourth in the standings and 34 points behind Aston Martin, who currently occupy third.
However, Aston Martin are targeting a strong performance this weekend at the Canadian Grand Prix, due to an upgrades package which will be installed at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.
Most expect the Silverstone-based side to be second in the pecking order this weekend and perhaps closer to Red Bull, should their upgrades work as expected.
As for Ferrari, it largely depends on whether Leclerc and Sainz can take care of their tyres.
If they can then a podium could be on the cards, otherwise a top-five will be seen as a big achievement.