Lewis Hamilton: “It should be game on for the rest of the weekend”


Lewis Hamilton was edged out by Kimi Raikkonen on Friday - Credit: Octane Photographic Ltd

Lewis Hamilton feels Scuderia Ferrari had the slight advantage on the opening day of the Canadian Grand Prix weekend but he and his Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team will be doing everything they can to get to the front.

The triple World Champion finished fastest in the morning session with a time of 1:13.809s, but despite improving to a 1:13.150s in the afternoon, he was denied top spot by Kimi Raikkonen by 0.215 seconds.

Hamilton is happy that the issues that blighted his Monaco Grand Prix weekend two weeks ago do not seem to be present this weekend, and he believes they can return to winning ways at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, a track on which he has five previous victories.

“It’s been a pretty good first day for the team,” said Hamilton. “The Ferraris are looking fast here and as the times show, it’s super close at the top right now.

“I feel like we are still just a little bit behind the red cars at this early stage of the weekend, but we’ll be pushing as hard as we can to close the gap ahead of qualifying on Saturday.

“After a tough weekend in Monaco, the main thing is that our car is already feeling a lot better around Montreal. It should be game on for the rest of the weekend.”