2008 Canadian Formula 1 GP – What do they say before the race

Few opinions ahead of 2008 Canadian Formula 1 Grand Prix:

Weatherman:

Thunderstorms are expected in the city of Montreal. On Thursday they expected partly cloudy and dry weather and thunderstorms on Friday through to Sunday. The temperatures in Montreal are expected to be around 27 degrees during the weekend, but the rain will most likely interrupt the qualifying and race at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.

Felipe Massa:

“It’s clear we are up against two very strong opponents in McLaren and – even if they have not actually won a race yet – BMW. It’s all getting very close and exciting and shows you need to pick up points in every race. The fight for both Championships is still very open.”

Robert Kubica (on his future):

“I would just like the best option for me, but we will see what it will be. For now I am just concentrating on this year and doing the best job possible. Then we will have to see.”

Norbert Haug on Heikki Kovalainen:

“You only need to look at last year – at a later stage than this in the championship, Kimi Raikkonen was a greater distance from the top than Heikki is now.”


Kimi Raikkonen:

“The F2008 improved a lot in these areas compared to last year’s car. Obviously we have to wait until the first free practice session on Friday to get it confirmed. I don’t remember a GP, which hadn’t been neutralized and I expect that also for next Sunday. If that happens we have to be really cautious with our strategy, because of the balance in the field. With the actual rules luck is really important under these circumstances if you want to win. Well, let’s hope that if the safety car has to be employed it will be at an opportune moment for us. I said at the beginning of the season that I expect the title to be assigned at the last moment. A third of the season has passed, we have 35 points and we are on the second place. It’s more or less what I expected. Nothing has been won and nothing has been lost. There is no point in panicking after the race at Monaco, because compared to last year the situation is much better. I won’t change anything in my approach for the upcoming weekend. The designated target is to win and we will give our best.”

Giancarlo Fisichella:

“Montreal is probably the event I enjoy the most. I love the city and the circuit and I have always done well, with four podiums in four years from 1997 – 2000 and two fourth place finishes. Although I have never won it, I did lead the 2005 race before retiring with a hydraulic problem. To do well, you need to have a well balanced car with a good aero compromise and you have to be gentle with the brakes, which is always a big challenge in Montreal.”

Nico Rosberg:

“I’m heading to Montréal a few days early to get used to the time difference and to see the city. There are lots of cool bars, restaurants and clubs, and there are some good places to go shopping. There are also some beautiful places around the city, especially near the mountains, where I like to go for my daily run. The locals really get behind Formula One and they seem to be quite supportive of me too as many of them remember my father when he raced there. AT&T Williams has a strong history around the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve and have traditionally been quick there, which gives me a lot of confidence and allows me to go to Montréal with positive expectations. I’m looking forward to getting back in the car because the speed we showed in Monaco was very promising and the track should suit our car.”

Fernando Alonso:

“We must pay special attention to brake cooling and managing them in the race will be very important. But it’s not something I’m worried about, and we will work on this in free practice on Friday. Overall I think that the R28 should work well.”

Nelson Piquet:

“I have tried to approach this race calmly and remain focussed, as I have done for each race. My goal will be to learn the track quickly and to get comfortable with the car. Then I must make the most of each session to optimise the set-up of the car and to be in good shape for a strong qualifying session.”

Photo: BMW Motorsport

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  1. Black ZeddNo Gravatar says:

    Although nobody is mentioning it, I believe the Wall of Champions will play a significant role this year- as always.

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