Archive for the ‘Montreal’ Category

Farzad Bakhtiar [who maintains F1 Blog] was the lucky one to be present at this year’s Canadian GP [and this is the 20th Canadian GP he went to]. He posted his First-Hand Experience on his blog:

The race itself was pretty fun. I was surrounded by Americans who took every chance to poke some fun at Scott Speed. I’ve only ever seen the first corner of a race a few times in all the races I’ve attended. The action is frantic and it’s hard to take it all in as everyone is jumping out of their seat and pointing at the track. This time the front runners got away clean but everyone was cheering like mad when Kimi took the position away from Fisi. On the very next lap we saw Montoya and Rosberg come out of turn 14 side by side and drag down the front straight and into the Senna Curve still running side by side. The crowd let out a huge gasp when we saw the outcome of that battle on the big screen just past where were sitting.

So head over to his blog and read his experience. Also checkout the images & video’s he took.

Gilles Villenevue Circuit, Montreal

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As reported on BBC

McLaren driver Kimi Raikkonen believes he can take his first victory of the season in Sunday’s US Grand Prix.

“At Montreal, we were able to show the step forward we have made with the MP4-21,” Kimi Raikkonen said. “And hopefully this week in America we will be able to challenge for the top step of the podium.”

And team-mate Juan Pablo Montoya shares Raikkonen’s optimism about the race at Indianapolis. “After my race in Canada, I cannot wait to get straight back on track this weekend, as the car felt really quick,” the Colombian said.

And why not ! The car definately showed good pace. If they are able to sort out other issues [the clutch problem and the silly mistake Kimi made], no doubts they can give a good fight to Renault & Ferrari.

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Reported on crash.net

Kimi Raikkonen after Third place in Montreal GP

“We had some problems with the clutch in both pitstops which hampered our chance of victory, traffic didn’t make things easier and at the end I was in second. However then the safety car came back out and I was pushing to see if there was a chance of catching Fernando, but went wide at the hairpin which allowed Michael past. That was a shame but we always want to do everything we can to win. We can leave Montreal knowing that we are competitive and I look forward to Indianapolis.”

Kimi’s ‘date’ with unfortunate events still exists very much. For few moments I saw a-glimmer-of-hope/light-at-the-end-of-the-tunnel, that he “just might be” able to get ahead of Alonso in pitlane-poker. But as it turned out it was not to be, and only to rub-salt-on-his-wound, he lost second positiong to Schumi just because of his mistake.

Other then that, it was a typical Canadian GP, with crashes, failures & few entertaining moments.

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As reported on sportinglife.com

The Englishman has scored points just once in the last four races, with his plight hitting a new low on home ground at Silverstone two weeks ago when he retired after starting 19th. But he hopes to leave Honda’s poor form in Europe and enjoy an upturn in fortunes for Formula One’s North American double-header, starting this weekend in Montreal before the trip to Indianapolis.

“Our car seems to be well-suited to the track. It’s a medium downforce circuit which requires much less wing than we have run in the last few races and the car seems to work well on that wing level.

Button set the fastest lap in testing at Monza last week and his team-mate Rubens Barrichello is taking encouragement from an extensive three-day test session.

Hmm …. one, two, three …. nine, tenth …. ! What the heck !! I have lost count of how many times he talked about going “Out to Improve” !! Why don’t he learn from his old mistakes and for a change keep his mouth shut and perform in next 2 races first !!

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As reported on DailyF1News

Ralf Schumacher has warned fans to not expect to see him on the top step of the podium for some time. The German, who has not won a race since switching from Williams at the end of 2004, admitted that the Toyota team is not yet knocking on the door of victory.

”With a little luck we can beat the second drivers of the top teams,” 30-year-old Ralf told Kicker magazine.

”We are missing seven to ten kph of top speed,” Ralf revealed, ”so I believe the chicanes of Montreal will suit us better than Indianapolis.”

Not to be overtly critique or something, but who is really expecting Totoya to win a GP this season ? Given their “ordinary” performance so far in the season.

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WilliamsAs reported on crash.net

Williams have revealed that they will deploy ‘upgraded’ FW28’s at the Canadian Grand Prix this weekend, as they look to make progress and add to the ten points they have notched up to date.

“We have a full car upgrade for Canada in the shape of front and rear wings, winglets, nose and diffuser revisions which were all tested and successfully signed off at the Monza test,” confirmed Williams technical director, Sam Michael.

“Cosworth will install two fresh CA2006 Series 4 engines for the Canadian Grand Prix, as scheduled,” added Cosworth’s head of F1 race engineering, Simon Corbyn. “Results from last week’s Monza test are directly relevant to Montreal and this data will now be used to define the engine control system calibrations for the event. Montreal features notoriously tough braking events and so we’ll be working closely with Williams to optimise the engine braking settings for this circuit.”

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