Ahead of the start of practice, let's look back at what Sergio and Esteban said yesterday.

Sergio Perez

We should have scored good points with both cars in Monaco because we had very good pace, but unfortunately a problem in the pit-stop meant we came away with nothing. It’s part of racing, we identified the problem and we’re ready to get back this week.

Montreal is an amazing track, one of my favourites. It’s a bit like a karting track, when you’re in the car – it’s where we all started and I think we all enjoy it. You feel the car dancing a bit and it’s fun to drive. The races here can be unpredictable – maybe not as much as Baku but it will be definitely interesting. You usually get good racing here: there are overtaking opportunities and you can’t rely on track position as much as on other tracks. It will be quite interesting to see how the hypersoft tyres will cope during the race and we could have some interesting strategy choices. They will be great tyres on a single lap, but I want to see how they work on a long stint.

Next week the World Cup begins and I am so looking forward to it. It’s a massive event and I hope I can find the time to go watch a match. I think France and Brazil are the favourites to win, but I hope Mexico will do well.

 


Esteban Ocon

I was really happy with our weekend in Monaco. It was a result we didn’t fully expect but the car was very competitive. We kept improving in every session, ended up in P6 in qualifying which was the maximum we could do and in the race we kept it clean. Races like that one give us a big boost in confidence.

Canada is as different a weekend from Monaco as it can be. Last year we had great pace here all weekend so we can hope for another good race. The car has improved a lot since the start of the season, we solved a lot of the issues we identified but you have to take every weekend on its own, especially when the midfield is so close. The key is consistency and only if we manage to get two, three weekends in a row at the level we were at in Monaco we can start expecting similar performances for the rest of the season.

Racing at the French Grand Prix will be a dream come true. I have been waiting for such an occasion for a long time. As a kid, I couldn’t understand why there wouldn’t be a race in France in the calendar. The first race I actually went to was the Grand Prix in Magny-Cours in 2006. It’s going to be a privilege to race in front of my home crowd and I think it’ll be a very important moment for French motorsport as a whole. The race will help reach more people and increase the coverage of the sport in the country.

Today we celebrated Fernando [Alonso] and his 300th race weekend. He and Michael are the ones who made me want to become a Formula One driver, as I grew up watching them battle. To see him there close to me, speaking about the past was a very emotional moment for me as well.