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Montreal preview – Toto: “This weekend will give us a more representative indication of how much progress we have made”

Montreal preview – Toto: “This weekend will give us a more representative indication of how much progress we have made”

After the first two European races, Formula One's mid-season flyaway takes the MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS team to Montreal for the Canadian Grand Prix, Round Seven of the 2013 World Championship.

Eleven of the 14 corners at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve are taken at below 160 kph. Two of the past three Canadian Grands Prix have not featured Safety Car periods. Brake wear is high, with the drivers braking from over 250 kph six times every lap.

Lewis has won the Canadian Grand Prix every time he has reached the finish line (three times in total). At the Monaco Grand Prix, Nico became the first driver to lead every lap of a race this season.

“The Canadian Grand Prix is always one of the most atmospheric races of the year” says Ross ahead of the weekend. “Everyone looks forward to our annual visit to Montreal. The high-speed characteristics of the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve make for a real set-up challenge where engine power, brakes and good tyre management are the key to having a successful weekend.

The last race in Monaco was a very special weekend for our team, and moved us substantially closer to the top three in the Constructors' Championship, but we know the hard work that lies ahead.

Both Lewis and Nico have spent time in the factory with us since Monaco and with Paddy Lowe starting at Brackley today, I'm confident that all efforts are being made to sustain that level of performance.”

For Toto, “we enjoyed a fantastic weekend in Monaco but, as I have said before, yesterday's home runs don't win tomorrow's games. We will be heading to Montreal this week with realistic expectations about what we can achieve.

The high-speed circuit will definitely suit our Mercedes-Benz engine. Our car has been on pole position for the last four races, which shows our basic speed, so the focus in that time has been on improving our performance on Sunday afternoons.

We managed this in Monaco, partly thanks to the unique characteristics of the circuit. This weekend will give us a more representative indication of how much progress we have made.”

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