Williams preview the Canadian GP

Date published: June 7 2011

Pastor Maldonado is looking forward to his first visit to Canada as an F1 driver while Rubens Barrichello feels managing the brakes will be key…

Pastor Maldonado is looking forward to his first visit to Canada as an F1 driver while Rubens Barrichello feels managing the brakes and getting maximum traction will be key.

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Rubens Barrichello: “Canada is always a very special event. The atmosphere is so relaxed and the racing is fantastic. It is important to get a good car set-up with a focus on managing the brakes and getting maximum traction. The minimum speed is low but traction is hard on tyres and there are a lot of hard braking areas throughout the lap. Turn One, for example, is a corner that you carry a lot of speed into and then you brake hard into the hairpin in first gear. The hairpin is probably one of the most exciting parts of the track as the fans that base themselves there are great. I really can’t wait to get to Canada and to score some more points for the team.”

Pastor Maldonado: “This race will be more difficult for me, especially at the start of the weekend, as I don’t know the circuit. The grip level will improve over the three days and so the track will change between the sessions. I will need to adapt myself day by day as it is important to be fully ready in time for qualifying on Saturday. The track is really interesting and I think I’m going to enjoy racing on it. I’ll definitely be doing my best to fight for points again. The car, the team and myself are all still improving so it is looking positive. I last went to Canada in 1998 for a karting race and I really like the country, it has a great atmosphere so I’m looking forward to going back.”

Sam Michael, technical director: “The Montreal circuit is a great layout for overtaking and never fails to produce an exciting race. With the new tyres and DRS on two straights, I think this year’s race will be no exception. Set-up is geared towards aero efficiency on the straights and maximising traction out of the slow speed corners. We will have a new front wing, brake ducts, barge boards and modified diffuser to test during practice, as well as the obligatory new rear wing for the lower drag level required in Canada.”