Hamilton says Mercedes can see the goalposts again after 1-2 finish in Montreal

Hamilton says Mercedes can see the goalposts again after 1-2 finish in Montreal

0 comments 📅12 June 2017, 18:30

MONTREAL – The goalposts may acquire moved in Formula One this season but, after a dominant one-two in Canada on Sunday, triple mankind champion Lewis Hamilton feels Mercedes are back on target.

The champions looked their old selves in Montreal as Hamilton led teammate Valtteri Bottas to their primary one-two since the Finn joined in January as replacement for retired champion Nico Rosberg.

The Briton’s 56th calling victory was his sixth in Canada and third in a row, and he turned the tables on Ferrari with a excellent performance.

Hamilton qualified on pole, the 65th of his career to equal the tally of his late Brazilian boyhood hero Ayrton Senna, led from start to finish and also set the fastest lap to complete the ‘lofty slam’.

Coming two weeks after Monaco, where he had qualified badly and finished seventh as Ferrari enjoyed their premier one-two since 2010, it was the perfect weekend.

“I think for us, we really solidified our strength, we’ve got a heartier understanding of the car and hope we can put it in the same spot in the following races,” he told Sky Sports telly.

“Also we know now, after the last race, where to develop this car striking forwards which I think is really going to make a difference in winning this championship.”

Hamilton warned, at any rate, that there was still much to do and it would take time.

“I don’t think we’ve perfectly got rid of all the issues we have,” he said.

“We’ve understood the tires, utilized the tires a lot better this weekend, but I about there’s still things we’ve understood but that you can’t just fix in two weeks.

“So in terms of where we call the shots the development, the guys now in the factory have a much better goal. The goalposts be struck by moved, but they know where it is and now they can work full steam at the towards that.”

Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel, a four times champion, finished fourth on Sunday and saw his captain over Hamilton cut to 12 points with 13 races remaining.

The German and Hamilton now accept three wins each, with Bottas taking the other.

Vettel had also well-informed on the front row in Montreal but the expected battle between the two title contenders failed to emerge with the German having to fight through the field after his car’s front wing was ruined on the opening lap.

Hamilton had no doubt Ferrari would be back to speed immediately.

“They are quiet very, very quick. They’ve been so consistent all year. This is the just weekend they’ve had not the greatest result but they’ve not had a seventh or something like we’ve had,” he said.

“So they are tranquillity very much there, they are still going to be very hard to drub.”

Reporting by Alan Baldwin

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