Fernando Alonso has shown pace in several practice sessions this season but has only came out of a 2014 Grand Prix weekend with a podium once. (Photo: Charles Coates/LAT Photographic)

has shown pace in several practice sessions this season but has only came out of a 2014 Grand Prix weekend with a podium once. (Photo: Charles Coates/LAT Photographic)

Fernando Alonso may have topped opening practice on Friday, but the Spaniard is very aware that performance now may hurt the team in the long-run.

The two-time Champion says that should not compromise next season by getting too bogged down with improving this year’s car.

Although there are currently no major rule changes planned, and thus in theory any 2014 development carries over, Alonso stressed there is a bigger picture.

“We need to keep fighting for important goals and we have targets to achieve this year,” he said. “However we must not compromise next year’s project this year. We need to keep developing in 2014, because many things carry over for the following year. But if there is something fundamental for next year, obviously we mustn’t take any time away from that. I am not worried about this.”

He also praised his new boss: “Since Marco Mattiacci arrived, everything is moving in the right direction. He has good vision and a very clever approach, and we are going to be stronger and stronger.”

Meanwhile Alonso said that Montreal won’t be easy for Ferrari, but he’s confident of scoring points.

“It’s going to be tough on a track where once again the dominant factor is the power effect, not like Monaco or Barcelona. It’s not going to be easy but I like the track and we have performed well here over the past four years, so I expect to have a good weekend, scoring good points.

“We have some updates that we have been working on for some weeks, testing them in the simulator. It’s a short lap so the times will be very close which means that one or two tenths can equate to six or seven positions.”

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