FERRARI: CANADIAN GRAND PRIX – “THIS IS QUITE A SPECIAL PLACE”
Circuit: Circuit Gilles Villeneuve
Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel reflect on the ‘super fast’ challenge ahead of the Canadian Grand Prix this weekend.
Arriving this morning in Montreal, the Scuderia Ferrari drivers made their way to the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve with Sebastian Vettel riding a bike. Now, they’re all set and ready for the challenge on one of the few remaining ‘superfast’ tracks on the Formula 1 calendar.
Kimi Raikkonen: “This is quite a special place, you need a good top speed but most important is to have a good rise over the kerbs. It’s about compromising the top speed through the slowest part and the braking.”
“It’s the first track of the year hat’s quite different to others and compared to Monaco, here you have less chances to go off-track an hit the wall but there are also places that you can easily lost the car and end up in the barrier because the kerbs are quite rough here and the chicanes are taken at quite a high speed. You don’t want to wast time going off the track and missing a part of the session but this is all a part of the game.”
“You want to push and you want to feel it’s OK for that moment, especially in qualifying and the race. The rest is just about figuring things out and trying to make sure you have the right feeling to go as fast as you can.”
“It will be interesting to see how the Hypersoft tyres will behave at this track – I tried them for a couple of runs in winter test but obviously the conditions are very different now and I’m sure over one lap they will be very good but how long they will last will depend on many things.”
“It’s impossible to know what will happen over the weekend, tomorrow we will start driving and get the first feelings and then we will go from there – hopefully we can be there in the fight.”
Sebastian Vettel: “Compared to last year, we have another car and the approach is of course – different. It’s hard to make any predictions about this weekend.”
“A lot can depend on what the other teams do here and on the weather as well – it might be raining. The track is a little bit different from any other but we think that the engine can play a role here so we will see where we are.”
“We have brought some updates here which I am sure everyone does at some point along the season, so far – we’ve had an efficient car on the straights and this should help more.”
“There are a couple of tricky points but I like this track. Unlike Monaco which is not the best place for overtaking, I think it should be different here.”
“The tyres play a bigger role this year, we’ve done a good job so far but there’s still a long way to go.”