7 June 2014
F1 Canadian Grand Prix: Hamilton admits 'overtaking Nico will be difficult'
Lewis Hamilton has conceded that starting second in the Canadian F1 Grand Prix will make his Sunday afternoon tougher - and refuses to call it a two-horse race.
Lewis Hamilton had admitted that it may be tough to get the better of Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg in the Canadian Grand Prix after losing out to the German in Saturday's pole position battle.
Despite being regarded as the favourite for qualifying – based on his previous success at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve as much as his pace in second and third practice – Hamilton came up just under a tenth short of taking top spot, ceding the advantage to his team-mate – and sole title rival – for the second race in a row.
“I went wide a couple of times, in turn six and then turn eight, but Nico did a better job today and I'll just have to try to do better tomorrow,” Hamilton said magnanimously, “It just wasn't the greatest qualifying session [for me]. Sometimes you have good ones, sometimes you have bad ones, but it's great for the team that we've got the 1-2 in quail.”
The Briton, who went on a four-race winning streak earlier in the season, admitted that the correct assumption would be for a similarly close battle in race, but he conceded that passing, even on a track with more opportunities than Monaco, might be difficult.
“It's not going to be easy, especially with Nico being so fast,” he noted, “Overtaking is going to be very difficult - and overtaking in the same car, especially when they're on the same pace [will be harder still]... I'll do what I can but the main thing tomorrow is to get as many points as I can.”
Despite ear-marking Rosberg as his main objective on Sunday, however, Hamilton refused to make it a two-horse race.
“I don't think it's just between the two of us,” he claimed, “Obviously, in qualifying, Sebastian [Vettel] wasn't as close as he'd like to be, but their race pace was good in the last race, so tomorrow they should be quite strong. I'm definitely not disregarding Sebastian or Red Bull. I think we need to remain cautious...”
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