Schumacher optimistic for Montreal

The Canadian Grand Prix is another of Michael Schumacher's favourite races, but unlike Monaco, where the track is what appeals to him, it is the country which he likes. The United States and Canada are definitely two of the four times world ...

The Canadian Grand Prix is another of Michael Schumacher's favourite races, but unlike Monaco, where the track is what appeals to him, it is the country which he likes. The United States and Canada are definitely two of the four times world champion's favourite holiday destinations. Once again this year, Michael left for the States the day after the Monaco race and so he is well acclimatised and rested.

"I like the circuit a lot," said Michael, "even if it is not one of my outright favourites. But for whatever reason, I have always gone well in Montreal, even if the circuit does not particularly suit my driving style. I tend to prefer fast corners and there are none of these, so I can't really explain it."

Michael faces the eighth race of the season with a great lead over his closest rivals, the two BMW-Williams men, Juan Pablo Montoya and brother Ralf, both level pegging on 27 points. "Monaco went well for us and the most important thing was that we increased our advantage in the championship," commented Michael. However, Monaco clearly demonstrated how quickly things can change in Formula 1 and just how important are the tyres. Which is why the German did not want to make any predictions for Montreal.

"Nothing is certain. There are too many factors involved and tyres are obviously enormously important on a track like Montreal, which is not a true permanent race track. We saw in Monaco that tyres can be the decisive factor. On the other hand, we also did well in Imola, a circuit which did not suit us last year. Therefore I think we can be reasonably optimistic for Montreal. We just have to wait and we will only have a clearer idea after Friday's first practice session. Last year, we did not go so well in Canada, but hopefully things will be different this time around."

It is clear that the F2002 puts the Bridgestone tyres under less stress than last year's car and Michael explained it thus: "It means the car is better and does not give the tyres such a hard time. Furthermore, the temperatures are not as high as before and this means the lap times have improved." This means better results on tracks which were supposed to suit the Michelins and that could be the case in Canada.

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Juan Pablo Montoya
Teams Williams