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F1 Canadian GP: Hamilton surprised by gap over Rosberg

Lewis Hamilton says he didn't expect such a large time advantage over his Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg and is wary of Ferrari's threat.
Lewis Hamilton says he didn't expect to have such a large time advantage over his Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg at the end of Friday practice in Canada, while highlighting the threat from Ferrari.

The reigning F1 world champion demonstrated his impressive pace around the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve as a four-time race winner at the track by topping the timesheet with a 1m 14.212s – a lap one-tenth under his pole position time from 12 months ago.

Hamilton has pulled out a two-tenths gap on Sebastian Vettel while moving over half a second clear of Rosberg over a single hot lap which has come as a shock to the British driver.

“It was surprising to see the gap between Nico and myself but for sure a very positive feeling,” Hamilton said. “I can just keep pushing, keep working, there's more time in it. There was another lap I was up another tenth and a half so I know I can find more time, which is good. I don't know what Nico's problems are, he struggled a little bit more today.”

As has come tradition, the Mercedes driver has signalled his concern about the pace of the Ferraris after Friday free practice and feels the Italian manufacturer has upped its straight-line speed with the use of its new turbocharger which is being introduced for the Canadian Grand Prix.

“The Ferraris look very quick. I think they've got a new turbo so I think they've picked up their pace in a straight line,” he said. “Whether or not they've turned their engine up to test that, I assume they probably have. But we will see tomorrow I guess.

“Hopefully we're going to have a bit of a race here. These tyres, the supersoft wears out a little bit more than the rest but the tyres aren't particularly that soft so I don't think it's going to be a particularly challenging race if it stays dry in terms of looking after the tyres.”
by Haydn Cobb



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IE22

June 11, 2016 3:50 AM

Well the fans aren't surprised, i think everybody just about knows how things work at mercedes now, Nicos upturn in performance came right after Lewis's championship win until the point in this season were Nico was getting a bit too far ahead of Hamilton in the championship, now its time to reel him back in and get back to mercs agenda for the year Nico's good form for all these races was just to keep him motivated and thinking that merc actually allow their drivers to race when the fact is merc are just in f1 to sell cars and lewis is the cool kid brand driver to sell those cars Anyone who thinks im just talking pure nonsense just have a look at Lewis's sad demeanour any time he gives an interview or when he is sitting alone on the drivers parade lap truck, the guy now realises he's just another product and that his last championship was rigged and not gained on merit, he's an intelligent guy and see's exactly whats going on, just like all intelligent fans who also see through corpo

Taipan

June 11, 2016 8:32 AM

IE22: Anyone who thinks im just talking pure nonsense just have a look at Lewis's sad demeanour any time he gives an interview or when he is sitting alone on the drivers parade lap truck,
He sits alone and looks miserable on the parade lap truck because he's surrounded by F1 drivers and the only thing he has in common with that bunch is saying "for sure" a lot. Fill the truck with rappers, fashion models and throw in a Justin Bieber and you'd see a much happier Lulu....



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