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, 09:30

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

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 saucy rival Sebastian Vettel and Ferrari threatening to widen the gap at the top of the championship standings.

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

Hamilton needs to do so, at the scene of his foremost 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 unclouded.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Teeny-weeny has changed at struggling McLaren during Alonso’s brief sabbatical with the link up still hampered by an uncompetitive Honda engine.

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

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

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

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

Reported by Steve Keating

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