Gutierrez banking on dry weekend in Canada

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Sauber driver Esteban Gutierrez is hoping for dry conditions at next weekend’s Canadian Grand Prix in order to give himself the best chance of scoring his first points in Formula One.

In 2013, the Mexican driver has recorded a best finish of 11th at the Spanish Grand Prix, setting the fastest lap in the race. However, he is keen on breaking this pointless streak at the Circuit de Gilles Villeneuve, where he has raced just once before.

“So far I have driven once at the track on Ile Notre-Dame, and that was in 2007 in Formula BMW. It went quite well with one podium finish and a fourth place. It’s a really nice circuit and I like it a lot,” he said in a team statement.

The circuit is renowned for being tough on tires, forcing multiple pit stops, but Gutierrez believes that this could aid Sauber.

“The track is slippery and tire management will yet again be very important, which gives us an opportunity to put a good strategy together. Obviously overtaking will be easier than in Monaco, which can benefit us. It’s hard to judge how competitive we will be, as it will also depend on the weather.

“Hopefully with better conditions we can have a more consistent weekend, which will help us to progress and make the most of our potential.”

As a whole, the team has failed to impress so far in 2013, scoring just five points from the opening six races. Although they may not be set to repeat Sergio Perez’s podium in Canada from 2012, this race could be a turning point for the team should they get both drivers into the points.