After going from hero to zero in Monaco, Pastor Maldonado will want to make amends in Canada.
The Venezeulan dazzled the paddock with his dominant win in Spain, but struggled in Monaco, crashing out on the opening lap, while his clash with Sergio Perez in final practice earned him a ten place grid penalty and little applause, with even his team later saying it was 'avoidable' [see separate story – HERE
It is no surprise then that he will want to do better at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve and he is targeting a 'strong' result.
“We have been working very hard to improve the performance of the car and I can feel it getting better all the time. I am therefore hoping for a strong finish in Canada, a circuit which I really enjoy,” he confirmed.
“It has a nice combination of corners with very high speed straights followed by slow speed chicanes, and the feeling of speed is increased by the closeness of the walls.
“There is a big DRS effect on the straights as well so we should see some overtaking this weekend.”
Williams chief operations engineer, Mark Gillan, meanwhile is also keen to see the team to do better, after only picking up a point at the Principality, thanks to Bruno Senna's tenth place finish.
“On the back of a mixed weekend in Monaco the whole team is looking to demonstrate further improvement in Montreal, with the aim of getting both cars home in the points,” he added. “Montreal is a great race and usually full of drama with a very low pit lane loss which pushes the strategy towards having more stops. The high likelihood of a safety car deployment adds to this drama.
“The track layout is very hard on brakes and one must also ensure that the aerodynamic package has an appropriately high efficiency target.
“Pirelli bring to Montreal the same tyre compounds used in Monaco, namely the soft and super soft tyres.
“Weather wise we are expecting ambient temperatures into the high 20Cs with corresponding track temperatures in the high 30Cs, although there is a chance of rain throughout running,” he warned.