Both ï»¿Mercedes drivers are confident that they can bounce back from the team’s disappointing race in Monaco and make further steps forward in this weekend’s Canadian Grand Prix.
ï»¿Michael Schumacher says that he is a big fan of the venue. The seven-time winner in Montreal is unsure how the MGP W02 will perform at this temporary circuit, but is determined to move on from a disappointing weekend in Monte Carlo, which ended for Schumacher in retirement from the race.
“Montreal is a great city to visit and the Canadian Grand Prix is always one of those races where it feels like the whole city gets involved and creates a really nice atmosphere,” he said. “The circuit itself is very much a stop-and-go scenario with much of the focus on top speed and braking. We also have the two DRS zones this year for the first time, so it will be interesting to see the impact that this makes.
“It is really difficult to have an idea of how our car will perform in Montreal. There is no doubt that Monaco was a tough weekend for the team but, as always, we will learn our lessons, and be ready to fight again in Canada.”
Nico Rosberg puts Canada among his favourite races on the calendar and says that confidence his high within the team: “The Canadian Grand Prix is one of my favourite race weekends of the season,” he said. “Montreal is a great city, with a carnival atmosphere over the weekend, and the fans are always really friendly and so enthusiastic.
“The Circuit Gilles Villeneuve is a nice race track; it’s also very challenging and hard on the engine and brakes. I’m looking forward to the weekend, and I hope that we can move up and be back competing where we belong.
“The spirit within the team is great and we will fight for a better result than in Monaco. I am confident that we will be able to do it.”
Ross Brawn is fully aware of the commercial importance of the race in Canada, and is also wary of the need to look after tyres there – something Mercedes struggled to do in Monte Carlo:
“The Canadian Grand Prix is always one of the most popular races on the calendar, and an important weekend to showcase our sport to the North American market,” said the Mercedes Technical Director. “The Circuit Gilles Villeneuve is the first real high-speed circuit of the season, where the brakes are important and engine power is a factor.
“All of the teams suffered with big tyre problems because of graining last year, so it will be interesting to see how the new Pirelli tyres behave next weekend. It’s not easy to predict whether the tyre situation will follow what we experienced in 2010 or whether we will have a different situation.
“We have two DRS zones which will increase overtaking at a circuit where passing was already possible. With the combination of DRS and the tyres, this should lead to an exciting and eventful weekend.”