Webber looking to rubber stamp his return to form

Mark Webber Photo: Red Bull Media
Mark Webber Photo: Red Bull Media
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Mark Webber is looking to build on his positive podium in Monaco at one his favourite races of the season in Canada on Sunday.

The Aston Clinton racer says the race is similar to his home GP in Melbourne but he will certainly be hoping for a better finish than last year where he finished seventh.

“In many ways this grand prix is similar to Melbourne in that it’s part-street and part-permanent, like Albert Park, and the city of Montreal really wakes up for the race,” Webber said.

“There’s a very special atmosphere because the Canadian fans are very passionate about F1.

“Like Melbourne, the weather also doesn’t know what it’s doing most of the time. Sometimes it’s scorching and at other times it’ll pour down with rain, which you can do without at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve because the straight-line speeds are very high.

“The track is quite technical. You need a lot of things working for you, such as good traction and good stability under braking, and you need a car that rides the kerbs well.

“Time spent bouncing up in the air is time lost because you’re not on the power. You have to be very precise in the cockpit because the walls are waiting to bite you.

“Last year’s race was our first dry one in Canada with Pirelli and tyres dominated proceedings.

“It’ll be interesting to see how this year’s rubber stands up to the demands of the track.”

Webber can take heart from his best ever finish in Montreal, which was third place in 2011’s rain-delayed event.

The Circuit Gilles Villeneuve is the only track in F1 that’s subjected to two extremes of weather. The temperature in the middle of winter drops to -30 degrees, while in summer it peaks at + 35.

Log on next week to see a slideshow of Webber in action at the Candian Grand Prix.