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Hamilton: Tyres the main challenge in Canada

3 June 2013

Lewis Hamilton says dealing with tyres will be the main challenge for Mercedes in this weekend's Canadian Grand Prix.

The Briton will be keen to maintain the strong form he has shown in Montreal in the past, with no fewer than three wins at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve during his time at McLaren.

Hamilton heads to Canada on the back of a tough race in Monaco, where he missed out on a podium finish despite qualifying on the front row of the grid, and he said he was keen for a strong run this weekend as the Mercedes team seeks to build on Nico Rosberg's win last time out.

“The Circuit Gilles Villeneuve has been a strong circuit for me and I've been lucky enough to win there three times in my career, including last season,” he said. “It's always a great weekend in Montreal with a fun atmosphere in the city and at the track. The circuit itself is really special; it's very high-speed, great fun to drive and it's definitely a track where late braking helps.

“It's not too far off a Monaco-style circuit where you need a similar set-up to bounce off the kerbs so we should be quite competitive, although looking after the tyres will be our main challenge. There's a really good feeling in the team at the moment following Nico's win in Monaco and we're continuing to work hard to make sure we have the potential for more victories this season.”

Mercedes motorsport boss Toto Wolff meanwhile insisted that the team had to look forwards and not just assume that the race win in Monaco would be a guarantee for further success.

“We enjoyed a fantastic weekend in Monaco but, as I have said before, yesterday's home runs don't win tomorrow's games,” he said. “We will be heading to Montreal this week with realistic expectations about what we can achieve. The high-speed circuit will definitely suit our Mercedes-Benz engine.

“Our car has been on pole position for the last four races, which shows our basic speed, so the focus in that time has been on improving our performance on Sunday afternoons. We managed this in Monaco, partly thanks to the unique characteristics of the circuit. This weekend will give us a more representative indication of how much progress we have made.”


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