In the midst of Formula One’s European season, Round Seven of the 2011 World Championship sees the sport take a trip across the Atlantic Ocean to the vibrant city of Montreal for the Canadian Grand Prix on Sunday 12 June.
Mercedes-Benz power has achieved eight podiums in Canada since 1999, including four victories. Six of the last nine races have featured Safety Cars; the historical probability of 67% is one of the year's highest. The 2010 race featured 61 pit stops; so far in 2011, there have been an average of 60 pit stops per race.
For Ross, Canadian Grand Prix is always one of the most popular races on the calendar: “it is an important weekend to showcase our sport to the North American market 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.”
Two weeks after Monaco, the Montreal track mostly features slow-speed corners, and the teams will once again use the soft and super soft Pirelli compounds, but "this is where the similarities end" for Norbert. "The circuit features long full-throttle sections that see the cars exceed 295 kph on four separate occasions. It is also one of the toughest tracks of the year for the brakes, with six major braking events per lap. In summary, this is a low downforce and low drag circuit that presents significant technical challenges. On the sporting side, we will be able to assess the impact of two DRS zones in race conditions for the first time, which could contribute to making the action even more exciting. As a team, our aim is to respond to our Monaco weekend with better race performance. We know that we can demonstrate the speed for a top ten qualifying position over a single lap; we have to ensure that we maintain the same level in the race on Sunday in Montreal.”