It is with renewed confidence and motivation that the Force India Formula One Team will make the journey to Montreal, Canada, for the seventh event of the 18-round FIA Formula One World Championship. After a string of solid performances at the start of the season, the team finally made its mark during a scintillating Monaco Grand Prix, when Adrian Sutil ran as high as fourth position in the closing stages of the race.
Although such a performance will be tough to replicate on the low downforce Gilles-Villeneuve circuit in Montreal, the pace demonstrated on the streets of the Principality has boosted the team. With Adrian's confidence high and Giancarlo Fisichella's impressive record in Canada, there is every reason to hope for a strong race in the first and only round of the championship this year in North America.
Dr. Vijay Mallya, chairman and managing director: I was very proud of Adrian, Giancarlo and the entire team's effort in Monaco. I was delighted with how the whole team pulled together over the weekend: on the pit wall, in the garage and back at the factory, and how the old team spirit was ignited.
Of course you all know the result. It was very disappointing and we had many messages of condolences from India and all over the world that we could not score our first points in just our sixth race as Force India. I very much appreciated the fact that people should take the time out to write to us as it showed firstly that we have been accepted, and secondly that we are being taken seriously for the hard work we put in.
What we need to do now is to show that we can do this kind of race in every event, not just if the exceptional circumstances allow. I am sure that, given this kind of confidence and motivation that is now surging through the team, other great performances will follow, but in Canada we have to do what we can: stay together, keep it together and focus on getting the best result possible.
Colin Kolles, team principal: Adrian drove a fantastic race in Monaco and it was very disappointing for him and the team that we could not have got the finish that we all felt we deserved.
The team were all frustrated with the result, but there are 12 races and therefore 12 chances left that we now need to concentrate on. Canada, like Monaco, could be a good race for us with all teams developing special aero and mechanical packages that will only be used in this one race. With safety car periods and rain also a possibility you could see some surprises too.
For Giancarlo the Monaco weekend was not quite as good, but Montreal is a track he particularly enjoys so I am sure he will come back at the next race. Adrian's confidence is now high, and I think he will carry this forward, but we need to focus on this weekend and not let the highs of Monaco cloud what we have to do here.
Mike Gascoyne, chief technical officer: Although at the time the Monaco result was gutting, it was a great boost for everyone at the track and at the factory that after so long at the back we were finally able to have a good race. I think it was a sign of how much we are improving as a team, and how we can make the right strategy calls and keep our heads.
We knew Monaco would be a good track for us, and it was for Adrian at least, better than we could have hoped for. I think he drove an excellent race and really did everything we asked. For Giancarlo, his 200th race was sadly not what he would have hoped for as he struggled with gearbox issues all weekend, which ultimately led to his retirement from the race. I'm confident that we've got to the bottom of these though and it won't happen again.
Montreal is, like Monaco, one of the tracks we will take a special aero package to as it is unique on the calendar with its combination of long straights going into tight hairpins. We tested this package in Paul Ricard three weeks ago and although the rain somewhat disrupted the overall day, we could gain some information that will help us in the initial stages of the weekend.
Both drivers like the track and Giancarlo in particular has had some good results there, so with the morale of the team high we should look to be running with the midfield again.
Giancarlo Fisichella: Montreal is probably the event I enjoy the most. I love the city and the circuit and I have always done well, with four podiums in four years from 1997 - 2000 and two fourth place finishes. Although I have never won it, I did lead the 2005 race before retiring with a hydraulic problem.
To do well, you need to have a well balanced car with a good aero compromise and you have to be gentle with the brakes, which is always a big challenge in Montreal. For this race we will have a new aero package that we tested in Paul Ricard three weeks ago. It felt good, and again my car was well balanced and the times were in line with our expectations.
We are now about a third of the way through the season and I think we are more or less where we expected to be. I still feel we could have scored points in Melbourne and Monaco, which was not a good weekend for me in my 200th race. It was also a big disappointment for Adrian, but even so I think there were some positives from that weekend. We made no mistakes as a team in terms of strategy and drivers' performance.
From here on in we need to wait for more improvements to come and continue to push, but I still think a midfield finish is possible in Canada, unless of course the weather gives us a big hand again, as it did in Monte Carlo!