Hamilton says Mercedes can see the goalposts again
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[June 12, 2017]
MONTREAL (Reuters) - The
goalposts may have moved in Formula One this season but, after a
dominant one-two in Canada on Sunday, triple world champion Lewis
Hamilton feels Mercedes are back on target.
The champions looked their old selves in Montreal as Hamilton led
team mate Valtteri Bottas to their first one-two since the Finn
joined in January as replacement for retired champion Nico Rosberg.
The Briton's 56th career victory was his sixth in Canada and third
in a row, and he turned the tables on Ferrari with a peerless
Hamilton qualified on pole, the 65th of his career to equal the
tally of his late Brazilian boyhood idol Ayrton Senna, led from
start to finish and also set the fastest lap to complete the 'grand
Coming two weeks after Monaco, where he had qualified badly and
finished seventh as Ferrari enjoyed their first one-two since 2010,
it was the perfect weekend.
"I think for us, we really solidified our strength, we've got a
better understanding of the car and hope we can put it in the same
spot in the following races," he told Sky Sports television.
"Also we know now, after the last race, where to develop this car
moving forwards which I think is really going to make a difference
in winning this championship."
Hamilton warned, however, that there was still much to do and it
would take time.
"I don't think we've completely got rid of all the issues we have,"
"We've understood the tires, utilized the tires a lot better this
weekend, but I think there's still things we've understood but that
you can't just fix in two weeks.
"So in terms of where we direct the development, the
guys now in the factory have a much better goal. The goalposts have
moved, but they know where it is and now they can work full steam
ahead towards that."
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Mercedesí Lewis Hamilton celebrates after winning the race on the
podium. REUTERS/Chris Wattie
Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel, a four times champion, finished fourth
on Sunday and saw his lead over Hamilton cut to 12 points with 13
The German and Hamilton now have three wins each, with Bottas taking
Vettel had also qualified on the front row in Montreal but the
expected battle between the two title contenders failed to
materialize with the German having to fight through the field after
his car's front wing was broken on the opening lap.
Hamilton had no doubt Ferrari would be back to speed immediately.
"They are still very, very quick. They've been so consistent all
year. This is the only weekend they've had not the greatest result
but they've not had a seventh or something like we've had," he said.
"So they are still very much there, they are still going to be very
hard to beat."
(Reporting by Alan Baldwin in London, editing by Sudipto Ganguly)
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