Sauber driver Kamui Kobayashi is expecting the Swiss-based team to be strong in Canada this weekend.

The Japanese driver had to retire for the second time this season in Monaco when he was left with nowhere to go at the start when Romain Grosjean was tipped into a spin ahead.

Now he will be hoping to put that misfortune behind him - and stay on four wheels! - and with Sauber making progress with the C31 he is quietly confident he can repeat his points scoring form from Spain, China and Australia.

"At the circuit in Montreal there are long straights but also slow corners. I think our car seems to be okay for this. I hope there we can have the performance we want to see," Kobayashi commented.

"Last year I was second on the grid for the re-start after the red flag for the wet conditions, but then we suffered with tyre warm up problems and I am sure we have definitely improved on that with this year's car.

"We shall have to see what we can do, but I think Montreal is one of the places where we can be strong.

"In case it is cold there, a key will be how the tyres work. I really like the city and the track, although, unfortunately, I have never had a great result there.

"This year I want to make up for this. Our car is getting better and I'm looking forward to the Canadian GP."

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