Michael Schumacher has said he will be looking to make the trip to Canada next weekend 'especially worthwhile'.
Schumacher went well at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve twelve months ago and enjoyed arguably his best race of the season, looking set for a podium, until he was passed late on by Jenson Button.
Furthermore while he suffered yet another retirement in Monaco last Sunday, he still took encouragement from the speed of his Mercedes and especially his form in qualifying - the German taking 'pole' for the first time since his decision to come out of retirement.
While he didn't get to start from P1, a hangover from the incident with Bruno Senna in Spain, which left him with a five-place grid penalty, the 43-year-old won't have any such handicaps in Montreal and he is keen to shine.
“The Canadian Grand Prix is all about the great atmosphere at the track and in the city. The Canadian fans make the whole weekend into a real celebration and, for us drivers, it's great to feel their passion for motorsport. That gives us a natural boost and it would be great to give them even more reasons to celebrate at the end of the weekend,” Schumacher said.
“The race in Montreal is usually action-packed, like we saw last year. The characteristics of the circuit should suit us, and we are counting on our car performing well there. As I said: a trip to Montreal is always worth it. And let's hope we can make our trip this year especially worthwhile.”
Mercedes boss Norbert Haug meanwhile believes there are some positive omens for Schumacher: “As we head to Montreal, the question everybody's asking is: will we see a seventh different winner in seven races? The Circuit Gilles Villeneuve has a habit of throwing up unpredictable races, with seven of the last ten races featuring Safety Car deployments. Last year's grand prix lasted over four hours and was not only the longest race in F1 history but probably one of the most exciting, too,” he commented.
“At two of the past four race weekends, Mercedes AMG Petronas had the speed to qualify and race at the front of the field. Nico [Rosberg] has converted this competitiveness into 59 points in the past four races - the most of any driver in the field.
“Michael has suffered several technical problems and our priority is to give him a problem-free weekend in Montreal.
“As his fastest qualifying time in Monaco demonstrated, Michael has the speed to compete at the front. He has won seven times in Montreal, his Silver Arrow carries number seven and Canada will be race seven of the 2012 world championship...” Haug added.