The Formula One circus rolls into Montreal this weekend for the Canadian Grand Prix following a chaotic event in Monaco last time out. Ferrari head into this weekend’s race following a challenging race which saw Kimi Raikkonen retire from the race and Sebastian Vettel finish in fourth behind Sergio ‘Checo’ Perez.
The four time world champion is currently in fifth place in the champion just one point behind team mate Kimi Raikkonen and looking ahead to this weekend’s race the German commented by saying:
Montreal is a great place. I think it is great that we are racing in Canada. I think it’s a race that all the Formula1 fans and all the drivers enjoy. It is a great circuit, not a proper racetrack. It is one of the old style ones, as I said with the walls being close, with hard braking, quite quick changes of direction with the chicanes. So, it is incredibly important to get the timing right on braking. It is a quite hard challenge for the driver, but also for the car, for the brakes and the tires, because you stop the car with a very low speed to accelerate again. So, traction is very important too.
Ferrari go into this weekend’s race with an updated power unit for both Vettel and Raikkonen and head of the power unit department with the team Mattia Binotto commented by saying:
The Canadian Grand Prix is one of the most exciting races of the season, There are long straights, very tight hairpins, and very slow corners, where the acceleration delivers all the power you may have. It’s a circuit where conditions may change during the race, for example with safety cars, barriers that drivers sometimes touch with their wheels, brushing the walls. It’s a circuit where the engine power is quite important, like Monza and Spa in Belgium. The main straight, which precedes the finish line, is very long: you exit from a slow hairpin and accelerate through the gears. It’s an interesting straight line for the engine men as well, because somehow it’s where you have the overtakings, the acceleration, getting the maximum speed, trying to overtake. Hybrid system is important as well, because the main straight requires to deliver all the power and make sure that in the mixed part of the circuit you are correctly recovering the energy and getting the energy storage quite full by the time you accelerate our of the hairpin and onto the main straight.
Ferrari are currently in second place in the Constructors champion on 121 points but have Red Bull Racing hot on the heels on 112.