Canadian Grand Prix 2018 – Preview
We are all looking forward to returning to the fantastic city of Montreal. It is of course Lance’s home race, and also where he scored his first Formula One points last year in his rookie season, so it holds good memories. It is a very different track to Monaco; it is much faster with some very long straights and so we generally lean towards running lower downforce levels on the cars. It is also tough on the power unit and brakes. In other respects however, it has some interesting similarities to Monaco with some low-speed corners, a low grip surface and it is difficult to get temperature into the tyres. We once again have the hypersofts as our qualifying tyre, which is a great tyre for grip, but it gives us some challenges with endurance during the race. As a team we didn’t exploit the stronger potential we had in the car in Monaco due to some very unfortunate errors, but we have regrouped and will be back in Canada with the aim of doing our very best to get good results on both sides of the garage.
I can’t wait to get to Canada as it is my favourite race of the year. It’s the one I look forward to the most and I am excited to be going back home. There is a grandstand for my fans this year and that will be very special. The track is cool and has some character. You have to get close to the walls, it’s bumpy, technical and narrow in parts, but overtaking is possible. For me, this is a very exciting race.
I’ve never driven the circuit in Montreal so I’m looking forward to driving there. It’s a very tricky and old school track which I know I will enjoy a lot. There’s a good mix of complicated chicanes and braking zones with no room for mistakes, so all the things I like. I’m looking forward to Canada, it’s going to be a good race.