Toro Rosso drivers Carlos Sainz Jr and Max Verstappen are both expecting to face a number of challenges at next weekend’s Canadian Grand Prix due to the unique nature of the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal.
The rookie drivers have made an impressive start to life in F1, proving that they are deserving of a place in the sport with a string of stand-out performances.
At just 17 years old, Verstappen has been particularly impressive at the start of his F1 career, but the Dutchman suffered his first major accident in Monaco last weekend after crashing into the back of Romain Grosjean.
“I’m feeling fine now after the unfortunate end to the Monaco Grand Prix and there are no after affects from the crash,” Verstappen said. “I even spent a day karting afterwards so everything is fine on the physical side.
“Canada will be a challenging race for us with its long straights, but I think we can have another strong weekend anyway. It will be the first time for me in Canada and I’ve heard a lot of great things about the circuit, the city and the country so I’m looking forward to it.”
Sainz managed to finish tenth in Monaco, but the tire allocation of soft and super-soft did harm Toro Rosso and force the team into two-stopping both of its drivers.
With the same allocation set to be brought to Canada for next weekend’s race, Sainz is expecting the team to face a challenge once again, but is excited about spending more time in Montreal.
“Canada will be another completely new track for me,” Sainz said. “It’s a semi-street circuit and like the last venue in Monaco, you can get very close to the walls at the side of the track.
“I was in Montreal last year, as I went to watch the Grand Prix, and I really enjoyed spending time in the city, which I liked a lot and the track itself looks very interesting. I’m looking forward to my first experience of driving the track, which looks as though it provides some good overtaking opportunities.
“We will again have the soft and super-soft tires and we can expect high degradation, so it could be a challenging weekend on that front.”