British F1 driver Lewis Hamilton will be looking for another podium finish this weekend, at the upcoming Canadian GP in Montreal. The Circuit de Gilles Villeneuve has played host to a number of Hamilton’s most memorable F1 victories, including his first ever win back in 2007.
For the majority of Formula 1 fans, Canada is synonymous with the great Villeneuve family. From Gilles Villeneuve in the late 1970s to Jacques Villeneuve at the turn of the last century, Canada’s hometown heroes have always been held in the highest regard.
In recent years however, the Canadian GP has been largely associated with Lewis Hamilton, a man who has tasted victory in the great white north five times over the last eight seasons. Approaching this weekend’s race, Hamilton (6) sits just one win behind Michael Schumacher (7) on the all time list of Canadian GP winners, and is once again favourite to top the podium in Montreal.
Hamilton’s impressive record began back in 2007, when he announced himself to the world by winning the Canadian GP with McLaren. He would go on to win in 2010 and then again in 2012, before securing three consecutive victories in 2015, 2016, and 2017.
The Circuit de Gilles Villeneuve has been largely unchanged since it was introduced in 1978, and tends to suit high-energy aggressive drivers.
“Once you get to the corners it’s a bit like a go-kart track,” said Hamilton.
“It’s a lot more of a mechanical, technical circuit, and it suits an aggressive driving style. You have to be generally more aggressive than we can be at other circuits.”
Hamilton has won just two of the first six races in 2018; however, his five podium finises have seen him move to the top of the current driver’s championship table on 110 points. Nearest competitor Sebastian Vettel, who currently sits on 92 points, has only ever won at the Canadian GP once, during his championship winning 2013 season. Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardio has also topped the podium at Montreal once, back in 2014, and Hamilton knows that he could face some strong opposition from the Aussie this weekend.
“There are tight corners so Red Bull should be quite good.” said Hamilton.
“But the Ferraris are also going to be particularly quick. They seem to be quick everywhere.”