Despite the disappointment of losing a possible top five finish in Monaco, Adrian Sutil is confident that Force India can be a contender for points on this weekend's F1 trip to Canada.
The German, who was on for a possible fourth place before being dive-bombed by Sauber's Kamui Kobayashi, and later running wide and clipping the barrier at Tabac, believes that his team has only scratched the surface of its latest development upgrade and, with its renowned straight-line speed pedigree, could shine on the semi-street circuit in the middle of the St Lawrence.
"We are still trying to improve the upgrade package that we took to Barcelona, and it is not easy to make the blown diffuser work the way it should be," he told journalists in Montreal, "But we are working on it. In Monaco, we ran it for the first time in the race, and we are not sure if it really was a big advantage, but I am sure it was a little - and there is still more to come.
"We need now just time on the circuit to understand a lot of things, and we also have some other updates on the car, not only the diffuser, especially for this race here. It should be good for us. We have a big straight-line speed - it is a very fast car on the straights, and this circuit has fast straights. There are a few slow speed chicanes and hairpins, so it is not such an aerodynamic circuit here, and it suits us better than a circuit like Barcelona, for example.
"Last year was a very good performance here and very strong qualifying with both cars. Hopefully, it will be a little bit better here as qualifying is our main issue. The race is always a bit better, but still we want to be somewhere else in the field."
As for the move by Kobayashi, Sutil admits that he bears no grudge towards the Japanese driver.
"The only thing that I could feel at that stage was that he hit me a little bit on the rear tyre and then I lost control of my car," he reflected, "I caught my car again, but he got past me, so the incident was looked at by the stewards. I think he got a reprimand for that, and I'm okay with this. At this stage, I was a little bit slower because of something with my tyres, so he tried it. It's difficult to pass in Monaco and let's say it was on the edge - but I have no problem with it."
The German is not scheduled to take part in the weekend's opening free practice session, allowing rookie Paul di Resta to learn the track alongside designated reserve Nico Hulkenberg, but admits that he has a strong affinity for the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.
"It's a little bit different to all the normal circuits, where the run-off areas are big and you can probably get away with some mistakes," he commented, "Here there's a wall and you have to be very careful when you're driving, but it's also a great circuit just to have a race and to overtake, to make some manoeuvres.
"Strategy is quite important here and I would say that overall this weekend is special. Okay, sometimes you have more like a normal race weekend where it's all about the racing. Of course, that's here for us as well, but you can feel this atmosphere and all the fans around the circuit and that's why it's always something special and a little bit of a different place than a normal permanent race track."