Mercedes duo Nico Rosberg and Michael Schumacher insist they are confident of a solid showing when F1 returns to Canada next weekend.
Schumacher took fourth place in Turkey with Rosberg behind in fifth to give Mercedes its best points haul from a single weekend, but the team still struggled to match the pace of rivals McLaren and Red Bull who were able to build a healthy lead in the race.
Heading for Canadian soil, Rosberg said he was hopeful that Canada would be better suited to the W01 than Istanbul and that the gap to the cars ahead would come down.
"The circuit is technically challenging and fun to drive with the very long straight combined with short and slow corners,” he said. “Our Mercedes-Benz engine will certainly be a big help on the main straight. We will have some further upgrades for the race weekend and the fact that the circuit characteristics are quite different from Istanbul Park makes me go there with high hopes. I think we might just put in a great result."
Schumacher admitted that top speed is one area where the team is currently lacking but the seven-time champion insisted that everyone involved would push to get the maximum from the package.
“I am very much looking forward to starting the race weekend,” he said. “The Circuit Gilles Villeneuve is all about top speed so we have worked very hard on this, especially as we know that we are not right at the top in that area. However I am convinced that we will be able to get the best out of our package."