DRIVERS - Lewis HAMILTON (McLaren), Pastor MALDONADO (Williams), Sergio PÉREZ (Sauber), Vitaly PETROV (Renault), Adrian SUTIL (Force India)
Q. Adrian, talk about this circuit as you have said it is one of your favorites.
Adrian SUTIL: Yeah, this is a very nice circuit. I like it here. I like the atmosphere here and it is a kind of street circuit. We have long straights here, some chicanes and there is always something happening in the race. It is usually good to overtake but also Montreal as a city is a nice place so I really enjoy the whole weekend.
Q. In terms of the car what sort of modifications have the team brought here for you to address the special qualities of this circuit?
AS: We are still trying to improve our upgrade package that we took to Barcelona. It is not easy to make it work, the blown diffuser, at the moment, the way it should be. But we are working on it. In Monaco I think we ran it for the first time in the race. We are not sure if it really was a big advantage but I am sure it was a little. But there is still more to come. We need now just time on the circuit to understand a lot of things and we also have some other updates on the car, not only the diffuser, especially for this race here. It should be good for us. We have a big straight-line speed. It is a very fast car on the straights. This circuit has fast straights and a few slow speed chicanes and hairpins so it is not such an aerodynamic circuit here.
Q. The last couple of years the Force India has always been good on low-downforce circuits. Is that still the case?
AS: Yeah, I think so. It suits us better than a circuit like Barcelona for example. Last year was a very good performance here and very strong qualifying with both cars. Hopefully it will be a little bit better here as qualifying is our main issue. The race is always a bit better but still we want to be somewhere else in the field.
Q. Vitaly, the last time we saw you, you were immobile in the car. How are you now?
Vitaly PETROV: I am fine, thank you. It looks now everything is good. When I went to the hospital they prepare for me the bed close to Sergio but at the moment everything is fine.
Q. Were there are any lasting injuries? Anything that lasted for some time?
VP: Not really.
Q. The race was stopped so when you were in the car what was the problem?
VP: The problem first of all was my legs were stuck inside the cockpit. At the same time I tried to move them and I didn't feel them. This is why I decided it is better to wait for someone to help me as I tried to feel my fingers on the leg and I couldn't feel them. This is why I didn't want to do some BS. I just wait for the people who can help me to do something. I thought it was broken to be honest but I was lucky it was not.
Q. Coming to this race, how do you think the Renault is going to perform?
VP: I think we bring some good parts here. We hope it will work and I hope it will be much, much better than last year.
Q. You didn't have a good race here last year?
Q. There are a lot of different parts coming for the Renault here.
VP: Yeah, we have a lot of parts here and it should be very helpful for this track. This track we need low downforce but also good brakes and we need very good speed on the straights. We have a good package and tomorrow we will see how it works.
Q. Pastor, you were heading for a good result in Monaco. Was it very frustrating not to have got that good result?
Pastor MALDONADO: Yeah, for sure. Finally I was doing a really good race. The car improved and I am getting better and better with the car. I am more confident. In Monaco I think I show our performance and I hope it was so great because of the pace. The pace was so good during the race. The team did a very good job on the strategy, everything was running good, but at the end I think with Lewis it was race contact, nothing more.
Q. You have been so good in Monaco, not just two weeks ago, but in previous races there as well. How can you transfer that sort of form, that sort of performance, to just conventional circuits?
PM: I think it is a very difficult circuit, especially mentally during the race. You must take some risks. I know very well the track. I know where to put the car and for me maybe it is a bit easier than the other circuits. I really enjoy driving there. I enjoy every single corner, every lap in Monaco and the atmosphere is fantastic.
Q. You haven't been to Canada in F1 but you have been here before in karting. When you were how old, 12 or 13 or something?
PM: Yeah, something like that.
Q. Do you remember Canada?
PM: Yeah, I remember. For sure it is my first time here. The track seems amazing. Let's see what we can do. For sure at the beginning it will be a bit difficult especially tomorrow for me. I need to learn the track. We have a new aero package so I need to understand the new parts in the car. It is going to be a difficult day but anyway it is my job and I will do my best and let's see what we can do.
Q. Lewis, you have an incredible record here. If you look at your record in qualifying and the race it just goes one, one, one, one, one and then a collision with Kimi Raikkonen. But up until that moment it is a tremendous record so obviously a circuit at which you excel.
Lewis HAMILTON: Firstly, it is great to be here. It is a fantastic place. The weather is great here. I really don't have an answer for you exactly why I have been so successful here. I am sure it is a combination of the climate, the atmosphere. I think the fans here are spectacular. I think this is one of the top grands prix of the year when the city is packed full of people. It is a great place to be. The track also has a great history. Gilles Villeneuve was pretty spectacular here and for us it is a bit like a street circuit. I regard it as a street circuit. It is quite bumpy. It is a little bit like a go-kart track. We have to take the curbs so I particularly enjoy it and I am looking forward to this weekend.
Q. Your win last year meant that McLaren have won 11 times here, as many as Ferrari, so it is obviously a good circuit for the team as well?
LH: Yeah, again not quite sure why we are generally so quick here but I think our car is always quite good over curbs. We have got reasonable high speeds and end-of-straight speed and I guess you have got to be quite close to the walls here which I particularly like doing. Not too close this weekend. It is great that I was able to contribute to those wins for the team and hopefully we can maybe take a step ahead of Ferrari at some stage.
Q. Looking back at the last race. Was that part of the pressure perhaps of being in the World Championship fight, wanting to be in the World Championship fight. Is that what we say the motivations is? Is that the result of that?
LH: I think it is a combination of many things. All of us drivers here know what it is like, even you guys know, to be under pressure and to put pressure on yourself to succeed. We all have good and bad days in the office. That was definitely one of the worst weekends in the office but that's motor racing, that's life. You learn from those situations. It has been great, I have gone back and I have had a couple of days back home training and refreshing my mind and coming back here I feel completely refreshed and really looking forward to definitely a more positive weekend.