Lewis Hamilton has shared more concern with the Pirelli tyres, Monaco’s unusual and low-grip style proved to be easy on the tyres but the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve is more of a challenge for the rubber.
The Brit, who finished fourth around the streets of Monaco, is a big fan of the Canadian circuit which holds good memories for him after his respective wins in 2007, 2010 and 2012. He said in a team press release “The Circuit Gilles Villeneuve has been a strong circuit for me and I’ve been lucky enough to win there three times in my career, including last season. It’s always a great weekend in Montreal with a fun atmosphere in the city and at the track.”
Speaking about the circuit itself, he described it as being “really special” due to it being “very high-speed, great fun to drive and it’s definitely a track where late braking helps.” The 28-year-old also admitted that it does share some similarities with Monaco but tyre wear is the main concern due to the track being notorious for high wear rates, adding “It’s not too far off a Monaco-style circuit where you need a similar set-up to bounce off the kerbs so we should be quite competitive, although looking after the tyres will be our main challenge.”
He admitted that “There’s a really good feeling in the team at the moment following Nico’s win in Monaco” and that they are continuing to work hard to make sure they “have the potential for more victories this season.”
Team-mate Nico Rosberg can’t wait to return to Montreal and to see the “enthusiastic” Canadian fans, who always give the sport a warm welcome: “The Canadian Grand Prix is always a great event as the fans in Montreal are so enthusiastic. The whole city really loves the race and it’s such a lively place to be over the weekend.”
He added that the team are hoping to keep up the momentum from Monaco, saying “We’ll be hoping to maintain that momentum in Canada this weekend and will be going all out for another strong performance.”
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