F1 Raceweek: Hamilton seeks to match Schumacher - Canadian Grand Prix in numbers

Katie Ramirez
June 10, 2018

Montreal is the seventh of 21 rounds this season and the circuit's long straights and its power-sensitive nature means it is often a target for engine upgrades.

"Following Lewis's pit stop, we believed that we had the scenarios of both the safety vehicle and the virtual safety auto covered, so that Sebastian could not pit and come out ahead of Lewis on track".

There are two other teams - Force India and Williams - that use their engines. "But we also know that the battle is more fierce, with ourselves, Ferrari and Red Bull in the contention for race wins every weekend; there is not a moment to relax".

F1's 4X world champions Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton with Mr. Hamilton holding a narrow points lead over Ferrari's lead driver. You lose horsepower over races. "There's 21 circuits and it's impossible to be flawless on every single one".

"There are certain circuits that will suit you more than another place and this has been one of those circuits for me".

"It's one that I've always loved driving on". This season he is the only driver to not have been beaten by his colleague in qualifying sessions. Moreover, championship leader Lewis Hamilton rates the Montreal track as one of his favorites having won the race on six occasions in the past.

He is hoping to build on last year's appearance at his hometown track, when as a rookie he earned the first points of his Formula One career. It will be tough to repeat his ninth place finish with the Williams team struggling to get the auto up to pace this season.

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Montreal has also seen of the craziest races in recent history from Hamilton's first win in 2007 to Robert Kubica coming back from a massive crash that year to claim his first F1 win for BMW 12 months later.

"It is a unique track, the walls are close, there's not a lot of room for error", said Stroll.

"As a team we didn't exploit the stronger potential we had in the vehicle in Monaco due to some very unfortunate errors", Lowe admitted.

"But it's been very positive in my view".

"I'm looking forward to Canada, it's going to be a good race".

During the Monte Carlo weekend we saw the German manufacturer struggle more than most on the new pink-striped rubber and in the race, Hamilton, in particular, suffered from graining on both the softest two compounds.

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