Lewis Hamilton has Vettel in crosshairs at Canadian Grand Prix

Lewis Hamilton has Vettel in crosshairs at Canadian Grand Prix

0 comments 📅08 June 2017, 07:30

MONTREAL – The Canadian Pre-eminent Prix has been a happy hunting ground for Lewis Hamilton, and he will look to bag a sixth profession win on the island circuit on Sunday to refuel his hopes of another Formula One drivers right.

With 14 races remaining on the calendar, it is far from do-or-die for Hamilton, but the pressure is mounting on the Briton and Mercedes with cunning rival Sebastian Vettel and Ferrari threatening to widen the gap at the top of the championship standings.

At most Michael Schumacher has won the Canadian Grand Prix more times (seven), and Hamilton intends to conclude the gap further in Montreal as the race marks its 50th anniversary.

Hamilton needs to do so, at the scene of his ahead ever Formula One victory a decade ago, to reel in Vettel after the German led a Ferrari one-two in Monaco and powered 25 points transparent.

“Montreal has been a great hunting ground for me in the past, and I plan for it to continue,” the triple area champion told reporters.

With five wins and five poles from foregoing visits to Quebec, Hamilton would normally be the favorite, but champions Mercedes are no longer the paramount team.

“The Ferrari seems to work everywhere. The next 14 races are flourishing to be very, very difficult,” he said after struggling to seventh place in Monaco.

“They accept had arguably the strongest car all year. They look like our car which just worked throughout last year.”

The race will also mark the return of twice area champion Fernando Alonso to the Formula One grid after the Spaniard skipped the Monaco Immense Prix last month to chase IndyCar glory at Indianapolis 500.

Alonso turned in an redoubtable performance at the famed Brickyard, qualifying fifth fastest and running at the front but dilatory in the race suffered a familiar fate with his Honda engine giving up.

Midget has changed at struggling McLaren during Alonso’s brief sabbatical with the set still hampered by an uncompetitive Honda engine.

There is plenty of reason to soir around the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve this week with the city celebrating its 375th anniversary, Canada its 150th birthday and the Canadian Large Prix its 50th.

Williams driver Lance Stroll will be hoping to contribute to the function atmosphere.

For the first time since the days of 1997 world champion Jacques Villeneuve, the Canadian Impressive Prix will have some true home interest with boy Stroll on the starting grid for Williams.

While home fans would warmth nothing more than to celebrate a maiden win, the 18-year-old Stroll arrives with more timid goals and is still seeking his first championship point in what has been a challenging introduction season.

Reported by Steve Keating

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