The team, as per their pre-race weekend press release, is looking forward to the Canadian circuit, the Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve, with optimism, hoping that the nature of the track will play to their strengths. Albon, seeking a better performance, expressed his enthusiasm in the statement:
“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.”
Dave Robson, the Head of Vehicle Performance, also shed some light on the upcoming upgrades in his comments:
“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.
At this point in the season, Albon is positioned eighteenth in the drivers’ standings with a solitary point, while his new teammate, Logan Sargeant, ranks twentieth, being one of only two drivers yet to score any points.