Nico Rosberg is 'confident' Mercedes will be 'back competing where it belongs' this weekend.
The German was only a lowly eleventh at the recent Monaco Grand Prix, after struggling with excessive tyre wear and after qualifying seventh that was a big disappointment, something that has made him all the more determined ahead of this Sunday's race at Montreal's Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.
“The Canadian Grand Prix
is one of my favourite race weekends of the season. Montreal is a great city, with a carnival atmosphere over the weekend, and the fans are always really friendly and so enthusiastic,” Rosberg said ahead of the seventh round in the F1 2011 World Championship.
“The Circuit Gilles Villeneuve
is a nice race track; it's also very challenging and hard on the engine and brakes. I'm looking forward to the weekend, and I hope that we can move up and be back competing where we belong.
“The spirit within the team is great and we will fight for a better result than in Monaco. I am confident that we will be able to do it.”
Mercedes boss Norbert Haug meanwhile is also hoping for better from the Canadian Grand Prix.
“Much like in Monaco where we raced last time out, Montreal's Circuit Gilles Villeneuve
mostly features slow speed corners, and we will again be using the soft and super soft Pirelli compounds; however this is where the similarities end,” he stated.
“The circuit features long full-throttle sections that see the cars exceed 295 kph on four separate occasions. It is also one of the toughest tracks of the year for the brakes, with six major braking events per lap. In summary, this is a low downforce and low drag circuit that presents significant technical challenges.
“On the sporting side, we will be able to assess the impact of two DRS zones in race conditions for the first time, which could contribute to making the action even more exciting.
“As a team, our aim is to respond to our Monaco weekend with better race performance.
“We know that we can demonstrate the speed for a top ten qualifying position over a single lap; we have to ensure that we maintain the same level in the race on Sunday in Montreal,” Haug concluded.