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'We’ll Keep Chipping Away': George and Lewis Preview Canada

After the double header to start the European season, the Team has arrived in North America for the Canadian Grand Prix.

There have been small steps of progress over the past two races in Imola and Monaco, and both drivers are eager to get out on track and continue that development in Montreal.

The new front wing design that was introduced on George’s car last time out in the principality will be available for both drivers at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.

George said: “I feel comfortable with the performance beneath me. We just need to add a bit more performance.

“We need to keep chipping away, but I am confident the path we are on is the right one.”

Lewis said: “The car is continuing to improve, the biggest difference has been the ride quality and stability in the corners so we can be more committed.

“Corner balance itself is what we are trying to work on.”

“I am excited to see how the upgrade will feel this weekend.”

While the final finishing positions in Imola and Monaco may not have demonstrated a noticeable change in race result, the timesheets tell a different story.

From being 45 seconds behind the winner in Bahrain, just 13 separated George from Charles Leclerc at the flag two weeks ago.

“We are closing the gap to the front and have stepped away from the other six teams,” said George.

“I hope that Monaco was a small turning point for us. We were only a tenth off the front row in qualifying, too.

“We have had a lot of scrutiny in the past three seasons, but everyone has had those challenges. We have all been in catch up mode to Red Bull.”

The morale is really great among the team and I am hoping we can start competing at the front

Lewis

W15’s progression can be put down to the efforts of team members at Brackley and Brixworth, who have worked around the clock to bring forward the recent upgrade packages and deliver them to the track earlier than planned.

“I am incredibly proud of everyone back at the factory and how resilient everyone is,” said Lewis.

“The morale is really great among the team and I am hoping we can start competing at the front.

“I do not think the podium is too far away.”

If that podium happens this weekend for Lewis, it will be a rostrum he knows well.

Only Michael Schumacher (12) has taken more trophies away from Montreal than Lewis, who has finished in the top three 10 times, with seven wins.

The Circuit Gilles Villeneuve is a popular circuit among drivers and fans alike, and brings its own unique flavour to F1 every season.

“This track has long straights like kart track so it’s great for late breakers and those with an aggressive driving style like myself,” said Lewis.

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