Canadian GP: Arrows preview

With two World Championship points safely in the bag, the OrangeArrows team is raring to go in Montreal for the 2002 Canadian Grand Prix. Before the cars had even arrived back from Monaco, the OrangeArrows test team was at Silverstone to set-up...

With two World Championship points safely in the bag, the OrangeArrows team is raring to go in Montreal for the 2002 Canadian Grand Prix. Before the cars had even arrived back from Monaco, the OrangeArrows test team was at Silverstone to set-up for its two-day test and was pleased with its preparations for next weekend's race.

THE RACE

The Circuit de Gilles Villeneuve on the Ill Notre Dame island in the St Lawrence Seaway is home to the Canadian Grand Prix. Held in the lively city of Montreal, the race is a favourite for many of the drivers as well as the teams. Whilst the circuit boasts an exhilarating and demanding track, the city offers a busy nightlife and a festive Formula One spirit that is unique to Montreal.

THE TRACK

The Circuit de Gilles Villeneuve is a semi-permanent, part-street circuit, which is a combination of long, high-speed straights broken up with several tight chicanes. Finding a good balance is important on the dusty track that requires a medium downforce setting in order to maximise speed on the straights whilst saving sufficient grip for the tight corners. Brakes are often the prime concern here as the chicanes require heavy braking. Well known for its high rate of attrition, the Circuit de Gilles Villeneuve is a superb test of man and machine.

THE DRIVERS

Heinz-Harald Frentzen is hoping to keep the team's momentum going and enjoys racing at Montreal:

"Montreal is a very lively city so the race weekend always has an excellent atmosphere. The track is a part-street circuit which makes it quite exciting to drive. Last year was quite a tough weekend for me. I had an accident on the Friday which left me quite sore, so I decided it would be best for me to miss the race to rest. Nevertheless, we go to Montreal with two points now so it is important to keep the hard work up - we need to take every opportunity we get to show the car is getting better and better"

Despite an unlucky race in Canada last year, Enrique Bernoldi likes the track and hopes for another good finish:

"I like Canada a lot. The city is great - it's an exciting place and the track is really good to drive. It is a challenging circuit that is quite narrow with some quick corners. It also has very tight chicanes, which should give some opportunities to overtake under braking. The brakes are a big factor here as they are worked to their maximum, but nevertheless, I'm hoping we can have a good weekend. I think the last few races have really let us show our potential and it was good to get a finish in Monaco. I was enjoying the race last year, but a burger wrapper went into my radiator which caused it to overheat and that was really the end of my race. I'm quite optimistic for this year's race though and am looking forward to the weekend."

THE TEAM

Graham Taylor, OrangeArrows' Chief Race Engineer:

"Montreal is a medium downforce track that is very hard on the brakes and the engine. They could well be the biggest influences on the car over the weekend, but we have shown very good reliability in the past few races and we hope it won't be a problem. As it's a part-street circuit, the surface is quite bumpy, but that really just adds an extra challenge on what is quite a technical track. Obviously with our second point in the bag in Monaco, our aim is to score more. You cannot stand still in Formula One and constant momentum and progression is key. We hope for a good weekend."

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Enrique Bernoldi , Heinz-Harald Frentzen , Gilles Villeneuve