Sauber's Kamui Kobayashi is feeling 'positive' ahead of this weekend's F1 2011 Canadian Grand Prix.
Kobayashi heads to the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve on the crest of a wave after taking fifth – his best F1 result to date – last time out in Monaco, and he is already predicting the Swiss-based outfit will leave Montreal with more points in the bag this Sunday.
“Last year we were struggling with our performance in Montreal, but our current car is a big improvement and should be much better for this kind of circuit, the same way we showed an improved performance in Monaco. Therefore I'm quite positive and looking forward to this Grand Prix,” said the Japanese driver.
“Last year I made a big, big mistake on lap one. I had overtaken some cars with no problem, but then crashed when trying to catch another one. I have regretted this for a long time.
“However, I believe with the new devices this year there are better chances for overtaking. The track's surface is quite special and slippery - I hope we manage to find some grip there.
“Regarding braking stability, which is crucial in Canada as you are braking pretty hard, I think we should be okay.
“I hope Sergio [Perez – my team-mate] will be back in the car [after his big crash in qualifying at Monte Carlo] and I hope we can both score points. I believe we have the performance to do that.”
Sauber technical director James Key meanwhile is convinced there will be plenty of chances for overtaking.
“The track in Montreal is usually good for overtaking, and with KERS, DRS and the Pirelli tyre characteristic it should definitely offer opportunities for this. For the first time this year we will have two DRS zones which will also add to this,” Key summed-up.