Pic: Montreal is one of the best races of the year

1 June, 2013

Charles Pic

Charles Pic

Caterham driver Charles Pic previews the Canadian Grand Prix, Round 7 of the FIA Formula One World Championship, in Montreal.

“Straight after Monaco it’s on to another French speaking race as we go to Montreal for the Canadian Grand Prix. Last year was my first time racing in Canada and I have to say it was one of the best races of the year, maybe not so much for the final result but for the atmosphere on track which was really good. We go to a few races where the track is full of fans from Thursday morning, and Montreal is one of those. I guess having Jacques and Gilles Villeneuve as locals to have supported in the past means F1 is very special to fans in Montreal, but whatever the reasons, they love F1!

“On track it’s a very good challenge. It’s a semi-street circuit, with the barriers very close for most of the lap, and it’s a very technical circuit. The track surface is smooth and on Friday morning there’s very little grip. It does evolve over the weekend but it’s still hard on tyres all weekend so managing deg[radation] levels is going to be even more important than normal. It’s also very hard on brakes – there’s a couple of very heavy braking zones and you need to be able to really attack those to get the best laptime in, so we’ll also be working a lot in the practice sessions on maximising braking stability and, depending on what the weather does, brake cooling.

“You also need to be able to attack the kerbs, both to maintain speed and to save time, so that’ll be another area we’ll look at in FP1 and FP2, making sure we can really hit the kerbs hard without losing stability and balance. If you get all that right it’s a very satisfying feeling when you get to the end of the lap as it’s quick,  a lap that feels really good in an F1 car!”

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  • Donna

    Jacques grew up outside of Quebec, in Monaco. He live in Quebec for a while, even opening up a club in Montreal. Recently, he moved out of Quebec, to Andorra, because of the ridiculous language laws. He is quoted as saying he didn’t appreciate Quebec’s “evolution,” which reminded him of France. “Everything bad about France was transferred to Quebec,” he said. While Quebecers had embraced him as one of their own, his latest comments last year about the student protests and these more recent comments, might have them hating him.

    If Pic is from France, there’s no doubt he’d like Quebec. High taxes, living on the dole & French everywhere you go. It’ll be like he never left home.

  • Apex Assassin

    Who cares?

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