The West McLaren Mercedes team arrives in Canada for round eight of the FIA Formula One World Championship determined to continue the winning form from ten days ago when David Coulthard claimed his second victory of the season in Monaco....
The West McLaren Mercedes team arrives in Canada for round eight of the FIA Formula One World Championship determined to continue the winning form from ten days ago when David Coulthard claimed his second victory of the season in Monaco. Currently David is second in the Drivers' Championship with 34 points and Mika is third with 29 points. The result of the Monaco Grand Prix also closed the gap in the Constructors' Championship to five points
Sunday's Canadian race is McLaren's 500th Grand Prix -- a milestone for any Formula One team, and it's appropriate that the team should celebrate this occasion at an event which boasts some impressive McLaren records. The team has won the race a total of eight times, which is more than any other Constructor, the latest victory being last year's Grand Prix where Mika claimed the honours. McLaren is also the team which has started the most Canadian Grands Prix from pole position -- the most recent one being David's pole in 1998.
The Canadian Grand Prix made its debut on the Formula One calendar in 1967 and has taken place at Mosport Race Park, Northeast of Toronto eight times and Mont Tremblant, north of Montreal twice. The event moved to its current location in 1978, the 2.747 miles / 4.421 KM Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, which is set against Montreal's impressive skyline, lining the perimeter of the Ile Notre Dame, and surrounded by the St. Lawrence River.
MIKA HAKKINEN 'Despite being a permanent road course, the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve has a street circuit feel because the barriers are so close to the track. Because it's only used once a year it's extremely dusty when we go out for practice on Friday. However I like it here and after the problems I experienced in Monaco I'm looking forward to being back at the sharp end this weekend.'
'This is one of my favourite tracks located in one of my favourite cities and I have been tantalising close to winning on a couple of occasions. The track itself has some quick sections, and because it's combined with slow parts it's difficult to build up a rhythm. My strategy is to continue my winning streak and really go for it this weekend.'
'The Canadian Grand Prix is our 500th race and we have been more successful in this event than any other Constructor. We aim to celebrate this special event in style and add another victory to our tally.'