HRT boss Luis Perez-Sala has confirmed that the little Spanish squad will have a 'special' rear wing for Canada.
Although he isn't under any illusions about what might be possible at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, and knows that not having KERS will be a major disadvantage for both Pedro de la Rosa and Narain Karthikeyan, the track does have good memories for the Madrid-based concern. Indeed last year Vitantonio Liuzzi gave HRT its best ever result when he finished 13th following an epic race that lasted 4 hours 4 minutes and 39 seconds because of heavy rain - the longest Grand Prix in F1 history.
“One of the most emblematic Grand's Prix takes place in Montreal. As a driver I really liked it because it's a different circuit, with a lot of braking and accelerating and various overtaking opportunities. For the team it's also a special place because the best result in its history was achieved here last year,” Perez-Sala commented.
“In Monaco things went well for us and this circuit should also be favourable for us because our car behaves well when braking and we've improved our traction, which are two important aspects in Canada.
“Our weakest point is quick corners and there aren't many here. Our biggest handicap could be not having KERS, but we've brought a special rear wing for this circuit which we hope will make us more competitive.
“We're in good spirits after the positive result in Monaco; Narain wants to continue with his good form and Pedro is more motivated than ever after his good performance all weekend ended in a retirement”.
de la Rosa meanwhile is feeling especially determined after his early exit in Monaco, when Pastor Maldonado drove into the back of him on the opening lap: “We're bringing a new low-downforce rear wing, specially designed for Canada, and intending on continuing with the progress shown in Monaco. After retiring in Monaco, I'm even hungrier to achieve a good result in Canada,” he confirmed. “I really like the Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve because I've always done well there. The races are very open, with a lot of overtaking opportunities, such as the first corner and the last chicane.”
Karthikeyan is also enthusiastic about Montreal and reckons rain might give them an 'opportunity': “Canada is a unique feature on the calendar, a mix of street circuit with no runoffs like Monaco along with purpose-built bits. I really like the track and I was 14th at the finish of the crazy race last year before getting a penalty.
“The weather usually throws up something in Montreal, so there may be an opportunity for us. We will be bringing a new rear wing as well, given the low-downforce nature of the circuit.
"We need to pick up where we left at Monaco, in terms of gap to the front-runners and our immediate rivals.”