Nico Rosberg heads back to the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve buoyed by a strong qualifying performance in Monaco and the memory of a rapid Canadian Grand Prix debut nearly twelve months ago.

The Williams driver may have seen his good work in the Principality undone by getting stuck behind the one-stopping Nick Heidfeld - resulting in twelfth place at the flag - but he is confident that the Grove team's continued progress with its Toyota-powered FW29 and his own enjoyment of the Montreal circuit will add up to another good result at this weekend's 39th Canadian Grand Prix.

"Williams are in fifth place in the constructors' championship at the moment, which is a nice position to be in," Rosberg commented, "As a team, we've scored a few points this year already and we must keep that momentum going - it'll certainly be my aim this weekend."

"I was really quick in Montr?al last year, so I'm definitely looking forward to racing there again," he continued, ignoring the fact that he crashed out of last year's event, "The track is great and the whole event resembles Monaco a bit. We'll have a revised aero package on the cars for the weekend and I'm looking forward to seeing how it works with our tyres."

The enforced test ban between Monaco and Montr?al means that the entire Williams team will draw heavily on the preparation work carried out at the Paul Ricard test prior to round five, as well as from a history of success at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, where it has picked up no fewer than seven victories, a total second only to Ferrari's ten.

"We go to Canada with the target of strengthening our current championship position," technical director Sam Michael confirmed, "We haven't had the chance to carry out any on-track testing since Monaco due to the test ban, but we've been busy on the simulators and preparing the parts for the North American double-header.

"Montr?al normally has quite low grip levels at the start of the weekend because the circuit is not used much throughout the year and a lot of the spray from the adjacent river is continuously blown onto the track by high winds. These winds can be incredibly unpredictable and play havoc with our finely-tuned gear ratios!

"The circuit has a great layout, though, with long straights and a lot of slow corners and chicanes, which present a couple of good overtaking spots every lap. As a result, the racing at Montr?al is always exciting to watch, but the track is traditionally hard on brakes and, although engine power has been reduced in recent years, we expect it to still be the hardest track on brake wear that we visit.

"The chances of a safety car being deployed are normally high in Montreal, mainly due to the walls that are close to the side of the track. For that reason, expect to see two stop, and maybe even some one stop, strategies."

 

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