Lewis Hamilton: “This has always been a strong circuit for me”

Lewis Hamilton - Credit: Octane Photographic Ltd

Lewis Hamilton ended both Friday practice sessions at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve on top as the Mercedes AMG PETRONAS driver started his Canadian Grand Prix weekend off in an almost perfect manner.

Despite a few off track moments at the final chicane, which Hamilton was not alone in doing, the reigning World Champion led the way in first practice before repeating it in second practice, despite most of his focus being how best to use the compounds of tyre brought to Canada by Pirelli, especially the Ultrasoft, which is in use for only the second time following its debut last time out in Monaco.

Hamilton has a strong record at the Montreal circuit, and is aiming to make it five pole positions at the track on Saturday, and five wins on Sunday, the first of which came in his rookie season back in 2007.

“It’s been an awesome day,” revealed Hamilton. “This has always been a strong circuit for me and I’m really enjoying being back here again.

“I’ve generally been really happy with the car so far. The focus today has been on working hard to make sure we have a good understanding of the tyres.

“I’m enjoying myself and hoping the weather stays like this over the weekend for all the fans out there in the grandstands.”