Felipe Nasr: “The long straights could be a benefit for us”

Felipe Nasr finished ninth two weeks ago at the Monaco Grand Prix, but will be racing on the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve for the first time this weekend as the Formula 1 season arrives in Canada.

The young Brazilian feels confident that he will enjoy his time on track, feeling that the nature of the circuit could mean a stronger weekend for his Sauber F1 Team than they have managed in the recent races in Spain and Monaco.

“It will be my first time driving on this track in Montreal,” said Nasr. “It is a challenging circuit because there are some tricky chicanes, but I think I am going to enjoy driving there.

“In order to prepare well I will watch on-board videos. I am confident the many long straights could be a benefit for us as we do have a competitive straight-line speed. The track also requires good braking stability and traction.”

Team-mate Marcus Ericsson agrees that Sauber should have a much more competitive weekend in Canada, feeling the Ferrari power down the straight will benefit the team.

“I am looking forward to the Canadian Grand Prix,” said Ericsson. “I like the track; it is a combination of a street and permanent circuit. It is a traditional race with a lot of history and I will enjoy to race there.

“Montreal is one of the tracks that should suit our car better mainly because of the long straights. As we do have a high top speed, it could be positive for us. Besides the engine power, braking stability as well as a good change of direction will be important.

“The many long straights also make overtaking easier on this track. Due to the track characteristics, I think our performance should be stronger in Montreal.”