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Trulli hoping for rub of the green in Canada

ESPNF1 Staff
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Jarno Trulli is hoping for better luck in Canada © Getty Images

Jarno Trulli is hoping that the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve is kinder to him than it has been on previous occasions as he looks forward to this year's Canadian Grand Prix weekend.

"Canada's a funny one for me - even though I love Canada - the track, the people and the city - the race itself has never loved me! It's a great challenge, and I've always performed pretty well there, but I've never had much luck there, so maybe that will change this year," said Trulli.

"As it's a temporary circuit it's a major challenge the whole way round. There's the constant threat of the walls and it's critical not to make any mistakes. You have to have confidence in the car and a good setup gives you the chance to push, but you've got to be perfect the whole time, otherwise it will bite you. It's also very quick, and hard on brakes, so the cooling and the stability under braking are both important, and I think we're pretty good in both areas, so we should be ok.

"Our car has been performing better and better over the last few races, so we'll see what happens when we get out there, but I think we'll continue to move away from the other new guys, and towards those ahead."

Team-mate Heikki Kovalainen also acknowledges that the circuit's infamous test of a car's brakes will provide one of the sternest examinations of the team's progress so far.

"The circuit itself is a real challenge, for the cars and the drivers," said Kovalainen. "Braking is very important because there are long straights and it's the second hardest circuit on the brakes in the whole season - cooling them is a priority and getting your braking points right is the key to a good lap. There's always a lot of action in the braking zones, so we'll see how we get on in the race. Riding the kerbs well is also critical, so it's important to set up the car for them, and we'll focus on that on Friday."