Just two weeks on from his outspoken comments following the Monaco Grand Prix, Lewis Hamilton is once again in danger of stirring up a media furore after he seemingly criticised McLaren's state-of-the-art simulator when asked about its efficiency in helping to prepare for races.

Shortly after claiming pole position for today's Canadian Grand Prix around the demanding Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal, the 22-year-old described the simulator as not yet ready to provide the team with any useful information ahead of races, sentiments echoed by team-mate Fernando Alonso.

"The simulator has helped to develop the team," Hamilton told associated press at the track. "We have tried to improve it as much as we can, but it's still nowhere near perfect. At the moment it's not really of any benefit to me. That's why we don't really push ourselves to use it because we can't really gain anything from it."

McLaren team principal Ron Dennis later admitted to being "surprised" by his driver's remarks, and promoted the simulator as "a very unique tool we have spent a long time developing".

 

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