Lotus F1 team fears Canadian Grand Prix will be a struggle

The Lotus Formula 1 team is bracing itself for what it fears will be a tough Canadian Grand Prix given the nature of the Montreal track

Lotus F1 team fears Canadian Grand Prix will be a struggle

Deputy team principal Federico Gastaldi expects the long straights of the Gilles Villeneuve circuit to highlight the Renault-powered E22 car's weaknesses this weekend.

"On track, it could be something of a challenge for us as it doesn't look to be a track which plays to our current strengths, but whether that is the case or not we will soon find out," said Gastaldi, whose team has two eighth-place finishes as its best results so far this season.

Lotus technical director Nick Chester agrees that Montreal will be challenging, although he is hopeful the tyre compounds chosen by Pirelli for Canada will aid his squad's cause.

"It's probably going to be a bit of a tricky one," said Chester.

"On the one hand we're going to have the soft and super-soft tyres, which should be better for us.

"On the other hand Canada's got long straights, which we feel might not be great for us."

Pastor Maldonado, still looking for his first points of the season, is also aware that things will be hard this weekend.

"It could be a difficult weekend for the team," he said.

"We are not expecting to be at the top, simply because of the type of track and how we understand our car and its performance strengths and weaknesses."

Lotus is currently seventh in the constructors' championship, tied on points with eighth-placed Toro Rosso.

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