The Frenchman is also looking forward to putting the disappointment of Monaco behind him, he crashed out at Ste Devote after brake problems. However he is fully focused on the upcoming race and has been busy in the simulator preparing for it.
Speaking in a team press release he said “I was hoping for better things at my home race last weekend but now I am fully focused on the races ahead, not looking back. Canada is one of the races I have been most looking forward to all season and I have heard a lot of things about the track and the fantastic city of Montreal. Having been in the simulator this week I feel excited for the weekend, although I think we can expect to be challenged by the demands of the circuit characteristics.”
He also shared his disappointment at the sixth round retirement, his first of the season: “The last race was the first retirement of the season for myself and the Team, which is disappointing after such a good run of 10 car finishes in 10 races until then. It seems to be an isolated problem, so we look forward to getting back to full reliability and continuing to push forwards.”
Team-mate Max Chilton is relishing in the challenge of learning a new circuit, something that he has plenty of experience with already: “I’m looking forward to my Canadian Grand Prix debut and returning to the learning experience of an unknown track. From what I know and have seen in the simulator, this is one of those circuits that will keep the drivers and the engineers fully occupied by the engineering challenge, as there is such a careful balance to strike between the low and higher downforce sections of the track, at the same time as managing brakes and tyres.”
The Brit is hopeful that his strong race pace in Monaco can continue, adding “After a good result in Monaco I am hopeful that we can carry that momentum forward and enjoy a positive weekend.”
Team Principal John Booth is hoping to “build on” the relatively strong performance of the MR02 from Monaco and admitted that “Everyone at the Marussia F1 Team thoroughly enjoys the Canadian Grand Prix experience.”
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