Symonds confident ahead of Canada GP


With their lack of drive at low-speed tracks, Williams boss Pat Symonds is expecting a much more improved performance from the Monaco Grand prix at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.

Symonds believes that their Mercedes-powered car will be impressive on the quick Canadian track and added that they expect to challenge high up on the grid throughout the weekend.

"Being a fast track with long straights, the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve certainly favours the characteristics of the Williams car, as shown by our strong performances last year," he explained.

"This should mark a return to form for the team.

"The circuit itself has very low-average speed corners, with one quick corner at Turn 5 being easily flat and therefore not counting for much these days.

"Good top speed, stable braking with the track being hard on brakes, good change of direction for the multiple chicanes and adequate traction are key things required here.

Symonds also revealed that it will be likely that duo Felipe Massa and Valterri Bottas will be on a one-stop strategy on Sunday.

"It's also the second race in a row that we see the new Ultra Soft tyre (the softest in Pirelli's range), but even with this we expect most cars to be on a one-stop strategy."