Williams' chief technical officer Pat Symonds has confirmed the British squad will introduce aerodynamic and chassis upgrades at Montreal and hopes the team can take maximum advantage at the track which should play to the FW38's strengths.
The high-speed Circuit Gilles Villeneuve is likely to pose a very different challenge to Williams compared to last time out at the low speed, tight and twisty Monaco street track where both Felipe Massa and Valtteri Bottas struggled for performance with the car.
With the long straights and track characteristics to play to the strengths of the FW38, Symonds is confident Williams will be able to produce a strong fightback in Canada and is relishing the chance to test out new aero and chassis updates which had been hinted at being in the pipeline in Barcelona and Monaco.
“We have a number of new aerodynamic and chassis parts to continue pushing our development of the FW38,” Symonds said. “Being a fast track with long straights, the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve certainly favours the characteristics of the Williams car, as shown by our strong performances last year, so this should mark a return to form for the team.
“The circuit itself has very low-average speed corners, with one quick corner at turn five being easily flat and therefore not counting for much these days.
"Good top speed, stable braking with the track being hard on brakes, good change of direction for the multiple chicanes and adequate traction are key things required here.
“It's also the second race in a row that we see the new ultrasoft tyre, but even with this we expect most cars to be on a one-stop strategy.”
Williams lost a considerable chunk of points to Red Bull in the battle for third in the F1 world constructors' championship in Monaco, with Massa's solitary point acting as little refute to Daniel Ricciardo's second place. Red Bull holds a 46-point advantage over Williams heading into the Canadian Grand Prix.