Willy Rampf (Technical Director): "The Canadian GP at the circuit Gilles Villeneuve on the Ile Notre Dame just outside Montreal represents yet another type of circuit. "This circuit is very demanding for the brakes. It requires a very high break...
Willy Rampf (Technical Director): "The Canadian GP at the circuit Gilles Villeneuve on the Ile Notre Dame just outside Montreal represents yet another type of circuit.
"This circuit is very demanding for the brakes. It requires a very high break performance and therefore massive cooling of the breaks. Parts of the circuits are very fast, such as the run from the hairpin down to the final corner, and then on past the pits to the first corner. This places a premium on power and low drag.
"It is for this reason that we have done the preparation of the Canada race last week in Monza and not in Magny-Cours.
"Expecting a top speed of around 330 kilometers on the main straight means that all the cars will run on medium down force level.
"Finally, the circuit is also relatively narrow, which makes overtaking even more difficult than usual. This is a circuit where good grid positions at the start are key assets."
Nick Heidfeld (23 GPs): "Montreal is a circuit with a mixture of fast and slow corners. I think it will suit the characteristics of the C20 very well. The challenge for my engineers will be to keep good stability of the car for the high "g-braking". Despite the slow corners it is a very different type of track to Monte Carlo, and I am looking forward to regaining the momentum of my campaign to score championship points."
Kimi Räikkönen (7 GPs): "Until now this season, I have not had any problems adopting to new places. The Circuit Gilles Villeneuve will be another new track for me. From what I have seen on the data that Jacky Eeckelaert, my race engineer who is also head of the Test Team showed me in Monza last week Montreal has the sort of challenging fast sections that I really enjoy, so I am very much looking forward to racing there."