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HRT going to Canada blind

ESPNF1 Staff
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Karun Chandhok and Bruno Senna; their knowledge of the Canadian circuit comes from TV and videogames © Sutton Images
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HRT drivers Karun Chandhok and Bruno Senna have both said how much they are looking forward to this weekend's Canadian Grand Prix, but the size of the task facing them and their team is highlighted by the fact neither has yet set eyes on the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.

"I never raced in Montreal before and therefore I am really looking forward to get to know this circuit," Chandhok said. "I was told by people in the paddock that the atmosphere is supposed to be unique there.

"The track itself is pretty tricky with a lot of bumps and kerbs which are typical of a street circuit. Because of the long straights and many braking actions you need a car, which is stable on the brakes and has good traction. Our aim is still to finish the race with both cars".

Senna too was equally in the dark. "I'm looking forward to the Canadian Grand Prix and the great ambiance in town and at the circuit. I only know the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve from television and videogames.

"The track is a mixture of low-speed corners and long straights on which top speeds are very high and very challenging for the drivers. I hope that this low downforce nature helps us and that both cars could pass the finish line at the end of the race."

"The hard braking is going to be a big challenge for our drivers," said team principal Colin Kolles. "But we're prepared for our first race in Canada and we could improve the performance of our car like it was already shown in Turkey. It feels good to see the fruit of our hard labour and that we could do a step forward. We want to build on this for Canada and to perform well".