Sebastian Vettel is not revealing much in his preview of the forthcoming Canadian Grand Prix, the German towing the usual PR line while the Scuderia struggles to find the sweet spot with their package.
Pundits expect the power-friendly Circuit Gilles Villeneuve to suit the finicky Ferrari SF90, which would be a change from the form they have shown in the first half-dozen races of the season where the Mercedes W10 has been literally unbeatable.
When the Reds have been on the pace, or even setting it, bad reliability, driver mistakes and strategy blunders have haunted them.
Vettel said ahead of the weekend in Montreal, “Canada is a race we drivers really look forward to. We race on an island right in Montreal, a fantastic place full of fans that ensure a unique atmosphere. Usually, the track starts off really slippery and it takes quite a while to rubber in and provide a decent level of grip.”
“The track is also known for being stop-and-go, with long straights and heavy braking points, split up by a few slow corners and some chicanes where you need to use the kerbs a lot.”
“The final part of the lap is usually the key: you have to brake perfectly at the big hairpin so that you get the best exit to have a lot of speed on the long straight that leads to the pit lane or the final chicane. This is where you can try and overtake.”
“Last year, I started from pole and won the race, 40 years after Gilles Villeneuve won here. I will do my utmost to get a good result,” added the four-time F1 World Champion.
Lots of words that mean little in a sport where the talking is done on track. Obligations to provide media soundbites invariably without soul or meaning. Why bother?
Big Question: What’s Seb saying in his preview above?