Mercedes AMG finally hit pay dirt on race day after weeks of only having success in practice and qualifying when Nico Rosberg scored the team their first win of the year at the Monaco Grand Prix. Now Rosberg’s team mate Lewis Hamilton is looking to make it two in a row for Mercedes by getting his first win of the season in Montreal.
Hamilton has won the Canadian Grand Prix three of the last five times the race has been run; in 2007, 2010 and 2012. In fact Hamilton is tied with three-time World Champion Nelson Piquet for the second most wins in the race’s long history. The only driver with more wins in Canada is Michael Schumacher, whom Hamilton replaced at Mercedes when the legendary driver retired for the second time following the 2012 season.
In 2012, Hamilton’s last year with McLaren, the Brit qualified P2 in Montreal on his way to a win. Rosberg qualified P5 and finished P6 in Canada last year while Schumacher, then his team mate, qualified P9 but was forced to retire from the race.
The combination of Hamilton’s personal success at the track, Mercedes’ solid performance (aside from the DNF) in Montreal last season, and the pace the Silver Arrows have shown in 2013 provide Hamilton with an excellent chance to grab that thus far elusive first win of the season.
So far in 2013 Hamilton has qualified on the podium four times, including once on pole. On race days the 2008 World Champion hasn’t been quite as successful though. He has missed the top five only once when he finished P12 in Spain but hasn’t managed to finish higher than P3, which he has done twice. With his history at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, this weekend looks like the perfect opportunity for Hamilton to put it all together.
Hamilton is currently sitting fourth in the driver’s points and if he doesn’t start winning and landing more consistent podium finishes soon he could easily fall too far behind to compete for the championship. Hamilton should be in top form in Canada, and a win there could go a long way towards keeping him in the driver’s championship race and keeping Mercedes in the running for the constructor’s championship.
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