Fernando Alonso expects the double DRS zone at Montreal will give a “big advantage” to drivers trying to overtake during the race.
Alonso said: “For the first time this year we will have two places where it will be possible to use the DRS on Sunday: the first is after the apex of turn ten [L’epingle hairpin], the second on the pit straight.
“I?óÔé¼Ôäóm interested to see what will happen: on paper whoever manages to pass in the first zone will then have a big advantage because they will be able to use the movable wing again on the main straight, even though they are ahead of the car they are battling”.
He expects Ferrari can be competitive this weekend: “Even though it has some very fast stretches, the Canadian track suits cars which can jump over the kerbs without losing too much balance and cars that have good traction on the exits of the slow corners.
“Those are both characteristics that are among the strong points of the 150?é?? Italia.
“Here aerodynamic efficiency, which is our achilles heel at the moment, is less important and so we think we can have more chance to fight for the top places.
“Brakes are another fundamental factor on this circuit: we will need to work hard during free practice to understand the correct level of cooling in order to avoid the risk of problems in the race”.
He added he expects drivers will have to make at least two pit stops during the race: “In Montreal we will again have the two soft tyre compounds prepared by Pirelli: the soft and the super-soft.
“Last year this was one of the few races in which we saw more pit stops than the traditional one-stop because the degradation of the tyres is quite high.
“Even though the Pirellis are different to the Bridgestones, I don?óÔé¼Ôäót think we will see anyone manage to get to the end of the race with only one tyre change, as we saw in Monaco”.
2011 Canadian Grand Prix
- Technical review: 2011 Canadian Grand Prix
- 2011 Canadian Grand Prix: complete race weekend review
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- McLaren: Button makes amends for collision with stunning win
- Red Bull: Vettel finally cracks under pressure
- Ferrari: Alonso rues ‘bad luck’ after retiring
- Mercedes: Schumacher misses out on podium
- Sauber: Kobayashi slips from second to seventh
- Renault: Heidfeld crash leaves Petrov fifth
- Williams: Barrichello in points, Maldonado crashes
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