Michael Schumacher has conceded it is 'difficult' to know how Mercedes will perform this weekend in Canada, although he has vowed that the Brackley-based outfit will be 'ready to fight again'.
Schumacher has had a pretty miserable season thus far and suffered his second retirement of the year in Monte Carlo. Despite that though he is looking forward to going to Montreal and over the years he has done very well at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, winning the race seven times in total back in 1994, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2003 and 2004.
“Montreal is a great city to visit and the Canadian Grand Prix is always one of those races where it feels like the whole city gets involved and creates a really nice atmosphere,” said the multiple F1 world champion.
“The circuit itself is very much a stop-and-go scenario with much of the focus on top speed and braking. We also have the two DRS zones this year for the first time, so it will be interesting to see the impact that this makes.
“It is really difficult though to have an idea of how our car will perform in Montreal. There is no doubt that Monaco was a tough weekend for the team but, as always, we will learn our lessons, and be ready to fight again in Canada.”
Mercedes team principal Ross Brawn meanwhile is predicting that it will be an 'exciting and eventful weekend' with a big question mark over tyres again and the added spice of two DRS (Drag Reduction System) zones.
“The Canadian Grand Prix is always one of the most popular races on the calendar, and an important weekend to showcase our sport to the North American market. The Circuit Gilles Villeneuve is the first real high-speed circuit of the season, where the brakes are important and engine power is a factor,” Brawn continued.
“All of the teams suffered with big tyre problems because of graining last year, so it will be interesting to see how the new Pirelli tyres behave this weekend. It's not easy to predict whether the tyre situation will follow what we experienced in 2010 or whether we will have a different situation.
“We have two DRS zones which will increase overtaking at a circuit where passing was already possible.
“With the combination of DRS and the tyres, this should lead to an exciting and eventful weekend.”