The F1 World Championship season continues in Canada this weekend when round seven of the 2015 campaign takes place at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal.
Lewis Hamilton arrives at the Saint-Lawrence Seaway-based track with a 10-point advantage at the top of the Drivers’ Standings over his Brackley-based Mercedes AMG Petronas team-mate Nico Rosberg.
Rosberg has won the last two races in Spain and Monaco, and is looking to complete a hat-trick of victories this weekend, although he is aware of the challenge facing him with Hamilton desperate to make amends from his last outing when the Briton was controversially denied a certain victory by a mistake from his own Mercedes team.
Rosberg said this week: “I am very keen to win this weekend in Canada as that would really add fire to my World Championship assault.
“I have won the last two races and I believe I am in a position to win again. The Montreal track is interesting to drive and I am hope that my car will perform well.”
Hamilton added: “In Monaco things did not end as they should have done but now I need to focus on this race and remaining races in the championship. The most important this is to concentrate on my job and do the very best I can for the team.
“The whole team know that we had an issue in Monaco during the closing laps of the race, and recognise that. That is all now forgotten, and winning the Canadian Grand Prix is now the priority.”
The Silverstone-based Sahara Force India team are also positive they can score good points this weekend.
Sergio Perez, who was involved in an accident during this race last season, and Nico Hulkenberg will drive the two Force India-Mercedes cars.
Perez said: “This race did not end well for me last year. I do not want a repeat of that, and I think we have a car that will work well on this track. I like racing in Canada, it is good to visit North America, and traditionally I have good support here.”
Nico Hulkenberg added: “I am in the middle of a very busy period of the season. I was at Le Mans last weekend driving for Porsche, and I am now in Canada racing for Force India.
“As soon as this race is over I return to France to rejoin the Porsche team for the Le Mans 24-Hours. I am having a great time and a good result in this Grand Prix would be a major boost to my season.”
Carlos Sainz Jr. and Max Verstappen will also contest the Canadian Grand Prix in Bicester-based Toro Rosso-Renault cars.