Romain in contrast, had a really tough time. He crashed a lot and that was unfortunate because he had great speed. When he did a complete lap without any issue he was able to stay in the top-five and sometimes he was even faster than Kimi. But he made a few little mistakes that became really big and at the end he could not finish the race after the incident with Daniel Ricciardo. He will recover and bounce back though, hopefully in Canada next time out...
I've never been to the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, so I am looking forward to the trip there. I can't wait to discover the circuit and sample the atmosphere. People say Canada is one of the most attractive races of the season because the city is beautiful and the track is fantastic. I'll let you know if that is the case!
The aim for us will be to get back on top and I really hope we can do that. We will be aiming to score some really good points like we were doing just before round six.
Monaco was a bit unlucky for us, but our car is competitive and we have to consider that even in Monte Carlo we were a factor in the race. We have a really great level of performance and we want to maintain that level and standard.
We will also get the chance to run with Pirelli's revised race tyre there - albeit only in practice - and that should be useful.
Tyres have certainly been a big talking point again this year and that went to a whole new level when news broke in Monaco of the 'secret' Pirelli test Mercedes did after the Spanish Grand Prix. It is not my place to say too much on this. But I do think it was a bit unfair because they were the only team to do it. They didn't say anything about it either and did it in 'the shadows' and then said it was legal to do it. That doesn't seem right. But it is up to the FIA to rule on this and so we will just have to wait and see what is decided. It is okay though, as we will beat them anyway! From our point of view, the tyres are fantastic this year. We can usually conserve them very well in the races and we haven't had any problems. We just need to continue to work hard to be competitive.
Until next time, that's me signing out...
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