Lewis Hamilton says the final of the Canadian Grand Prix podium has given him so much hope and confidence

Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton described how his confidence in the ability of the passing car was increased after his third place in Montreal; next for F1 is the British Grand Prix with all live sessions on Sky Sports F1 over the weekend of 1-3 July

Last updated: 19/06/22 22:38


Lewis Hamilton was pleased after his finish on the podium at the Canadian Grand Prix

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Lewis Hamilton was pleased after his finish on the podium at the Canadian Grand Prix

Lewis Hamilton was pleased after his finish on the podium at the Canadian Grand Prix

Lewis Hamilton received a huge boost of confidence after overcoming a difficult start to the weekend to finish third in Canada.

The seven-time world champion was left to vent his disappointment after a second training session on Friday when Mercedes wrestled again, but turned it around to finish fourth the next day.

Hamilton then managed to take home third place in Sunday’s Circuit Gilles Villeneuve race just for his second 2022 podium finish so far and his first since the first round of the year in Bahrain and reduced a much happier figure thereafter. than there were two days earlier.

Highlights from the Canadian GP from Montreal

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Highlights from the Canadian GP from Montreal

Highlights from the Canadian GP from Montreal

“Women and men back in the factory work hard on the weekends, on the weekends outside, and it’s so hard for all of us to work and work, and we don’t always see progress,” Hamilton said.

“It was such a difficult year for me personally in terms of the car. The qualification was emotional for me and back in the garage we were like “wow, that’s beautiful for us”.

“Then having a strong race just gives me so much hope and confidence going forward.”

Hamilton’s third place came in fourth in the previous round in Azerbaijan, and the 37-year-old has seen a gradual increase in understanding of how to get the most out of the troubled W13.

Lewis Hamilton overtakes old rival Fernando Alonso to take the podium at the Canadian Grand Prix

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Lewis Hamilton overtakes old rival Fernando Alonso to take the podium at the Canadian Grand Prix

Lewis Hamilton overtakes old rival Fernando Alonso to take the podium at the Canadian Grand Prix

But while he received a timely boost of confidence ahead of his home race at the British Grand Prix in two weeks, he warned that there was still work to be done to ensure the team could find that sweet spot in the Silverstone set-up. .

“There’s potential in this car, but there’s a really small working window, and if you don’t get it perfectly, it’s everywhere and it’s a really hard thing to navigate, but the team did a great job this weekend,” Hamilton said.

“I now have a fourth and a third, so I’m definitely grateful and I know I can do more and I just have to keep working.”

Hamilton was followed at home by teammate George Russell in fourth place, with his fellow British rider holding the record for being the only driver to finish in the top five in any race so far this year.

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff says the team has shown some pace in the race, but insists there is still work to be done

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Mercedes boss Toto Wolff says the team has shown some pace in the race, but insists there is still work to be done

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff says the team has shown some pace in the race, but insists there is still work to be done

Team director Toto Wolf was naturally pleased with the performance of his two drivers in Canada and believes the team already has an understanding of how to develop the car for the rest of the season.

“They were both very good and had different settings and different settings on the back wing,” said Wolf. “It simply came to our notice then.

“The way forward, we just have to develop the car in a different window from the one we had. We had it really low on the ground and obviously it doesn’t work.

“I think we have a direction for development. We have not done well in many areas, but we have the problem and we need to fix it. “

George Russell was pleased with the pace of his Mercedes, but said they had not yet fully resolved their torrential problems.

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George Russell was pleased with the pace of his Mercedes, but said they had not yet fully resolved their torrential problems.

George Russell was pleased with the pace of his Mercedes, but said they had not yet fully resolved their torrential problems.

Russell, meanwhile, thought Mercedes was still a long way from leading Red Bull and Ferrari, but was pleased with both his own and Montreal’s results.

“In the end, our racing pace was closer to Ferrari and Red Bull than we’ve seen all season, but our inherent performance is not yet in place,” said Russell.

“However, P4, these are good points for the team and great to get back on the podium for the team.”

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