F1 needs more circuits like Montreal - Perez

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Mexico's Sergio Perez believes Formula 1 needs more tracks similar to the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve that will host the Canadian Grand Prix this weekend.

Located in the middle of the St. Lawrence river that flows through downtown Montreal, the venue shares many characteristics associated with a street circuit with walls lining much of the layout and a huge evolution of grip as the weekend progresses due to its lack of usage.

The tight confines also usually make for an unpredictable race, with Safety Car periods almost as common as in Monaco and Singapore, and offer a much different experience for the drivers than they get at most modern venues with their large run-off areas.

“I feel confident about Montreal," Perez commented. It’s a track where I’ve had some good races and I like the challenge of the circuit.

“It’s all about being late on the brakes and aggressive through the chicanes. You have to be precise too with the walls so close to the track.

“I think the sport needs more tracks similar to Montreal where mistakes are punished. These old-school tracks excite the drivers and fans, and usually produce entertaining races.”

For the 27-year-old's Force India team, they will be hoping he can continue his strong record in Canada, including a podium five years ago, to help bounce back from the disappointment of seeing a 17-race points streak end at the last race in Monaco.

“It’s important we get back into our rhythm in Montreal and build on our strong start to the year,” team owner Vijay Mallya said.

“The car is working well and we’ve made progress over the last few races. The confidence throughout the team continues to grow and we approach every race knowing we can fight for points."

As for the second Force India driver, Esteban Ocon, the Frenchman is preparing for his first race at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve but feels ready to start meeting his full potential as he settles in.

"I think I’m fully up-to-speed now," said the 20-year-old. "I’m really happy with the team and the way we work together – we’ve already built up a good understanding and they know what I need from the car.

“Although I haven’t driven in Montreal, I know the place already from my visit last year,” he added. “It’s definitely a cool event because everybody in the city supports the race and Canada really loves Formula One. It feels like a big party in the streets, especially on the Saturday night.

“After the bad luck in Monaco, I want to get back to scoring points in Montreal."

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