We’re hopping across the Atlantic for the traditional summertime trip to Montreal.
The Canadian Grand Prix is always eagerly anticipated and the same can be said of the 2023 edition.
Discover what our duo had to say ahead of the trip to Quebec, plus gather insight from our Head of Vehicle Performance Dave Robson.
Our No23 is set for his third race at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve and is excited to see what the FW45 is capable of in Montreal with the upgrades that he will be running.
“Heading into Canada, it’s always a bit of a tricky circuit, however with it having more medium downforce, it should suit us a bit more than the last couple of tracks.
“I'm looking forward to heading to Montreal as it’s a really nice atmosphere around the city.
“We have an upgrade coming for this weekend, so it should be interesting to see how it performs.
“Everyone at the factory has done a huge job to get this upgrade ready for the weekend, so hopefully we can have a good result.”
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Our American racer is certainly looking forward to his first visit north of the border to the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.
“I’m excited to head to Canada for the first time.
“It’s a track I’ve wanted to drive since I was very young.
“It's a difficult circuit with the walls very close on the exits of high-speed chicanes.
“I'm hoping it suits our car a little better than Barcelona and we can have a good weekend.”
Our Head of Vehicle Performance wraps up our pre-race preview by touching on the upgrades to Alex’s FW45.
“Canada is always an enjoyable event; the circuit lends itself to good racing and there is always a chance of some tricky weather conditions, which can be blistering heat or sudden showers.
“The track in Montreal should play slightly more to the strengths of the FW45 than Monaco and Barcelona did.
“Furthermore, we have several upgraded components available this week, which will run on Alex’s car only.
“We expect to be more competitive, but we will take our time on Friday to understand if the new package is delivering as expected.
“Alongside the work to understand the upgrades, we will look at the usual tyre work on Friday as well as understanding how the track surface has weathered in the last 12 months.
“Overtaking is easier in Montreal than it was at the last two races, which may open up some additional strategy options during the Grand Prix, if the tyre degradation can be managed.
“This is Logan’s first visit to Montreal, and it is a circuit that is more technical than is initially apparent.
“His preparation in the simulator will be key to getting him up to speed and from there he will quickly understand the nuances of the track.
“Tyre and brake management whilst negotiating the walls and the kerbs is tricky, but there is some time on the straights to take a breath before the next sequence starts.”