• Hamilton has won two of the past three races in Canada
• ‘It is a really special track and is such great fun to drive’
Lewis Hamilton is banking on a return to one of his favourite tracks this weekend to kickstart his faltering season.
Hamilton has been outshone by his Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg in recent races. The German has taken the last three poles, and was an outstanding winner in the last race in Monaco.
Hamilton, though, is often at his best in Canada where he has won two of the last three races there. The Circuit Gilles Villeneuve was also the venue for his first victory in Formula One in his debut season of 2007.
“I am not really sure why I have been so competitive in Canada,” he said. “It just seems to be a very strong circuit for me. It is a really special track and is such great fun to drive. It is also the atmosphere and the city. I have always been the latest of brakers and it is definitely a track where late breaking helps.”
Late braking, however, has been a problem for him since his move to Mercedes at the start of the season. “I haven’t particularly been the latest of brakers this year in the car that I am in,” he said. “It is an area that I am trying to improve on. I see it being a problem for me for quite some time until I figure it out, which I haven’t done yet.”
Hamilton will go to Montreal with the confidence of having won there in2012 but he feels Mercedes’ victory in the last race is more meaningful. “It shows we have got great pace, the car is in a great place and we have got potential for more wins. I think our car will be great [in Canada]. It is not that far off the Monaco circuit, with the bouncing off the curbs. So it is a similar type of set-up. We will be quite competitive there but looking after the tyres will be the issue.”
Rosberg’s success has not come as a surprise to Hamilton. “He has been in the team for years,” he said. “It is his home. You can see when you are in the engineering debriefs that he is 100% comfortable with the car because he has been driving it for years. I expected him to be as competitive as he has been, especially with experience of racing him many years ago. I knew that he was a competitive driver.”
Ross Brawn, Mercedes’ team principal, added: “Nico has been with the team four or five years, and he knows exactly what buttons to press. Lewis is developing his understanding of that, of what person to go to if he wants to discuss certain aspects of the car. We have a very good group, very experienced people, working with Lewis. It just takes a bit of time.”