Renault technical director James Allison says he is confident that the team can take 'a step forward' in Canada as it seeks to close the gap on Mercedes in the F1 championship standings.
The Enstone-based squad lost points to Mercedes in Turkey last time out but will hope to return to the kind of form that saw Robert Kubica secure a podium finish in Monaco as the sport heads back to the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve for the first time since 2008 – a race that was won by Kubica for BMW Sauber.
Heading to Canada, Allison said he felt the team was in good shape and would soon be in a position to start bringing down Mercedes' advantage.
“I think we will be in reasonable shape,” he said. “There are aspects of the track that will suit us very well. Most of the corners are low speed and you need to be able to hammer across the kerbs quite aggressively, which is something the R30 is good at. The circuit is also very demanding on the brakes, but we are confident that we will be able to attack the circuit even on the very heavy fuel loads that are run in 2010. We will have further updates to the car and I would hope that we can take another step forward in Canada.
“We started the year a reasonable amount behind Mercedes and we've gradually been hunting them down. Robert was ahead of both Mercedes for the first time in Monaco, but it's not a typical track, so it was encouraging to see us breathing down their necks at Istanbul Park. It confirms the progress we've made to get on terms with them and if we can maintain our current development rate, I'm confident we can move ahead of them soon.”
Both Kubica and Vitaly Petrov are also confident of a solid weekend for the Regie
, with Kubica hopeful of repeating the strong performance he displayed in Monte Carlo.
“I think the car should work well in Montreal so I'm quite confident we can go there and get a strong result,” he said. “I'll be aiming to score good points, as we have done all season, which is very important for our position in the championship. It would be great if we could repeat the performance we showed in Monaco and fight for the podium, but if it's not possible I will simply concentrate on getting the maximum from the car and bringing home as many points as I can.”