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Canadian Grand Prix | Lewis Hamilton: a podium that does well

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“How are you, Montreal? “A smiling Lewis Hamilton was thrown into the microphone after the race, reacting to the crowd already overwhelmed to see the seven-time world champion step onto the third step of the podium.

Posted yesterday at 19:28

Katherine Harvey Pinard

Katherine Harvey Pinard
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The Mercedes driver took his second podium of this difficult season where he won his first career Grand Prix 15 years ago: at the Gilles-Villeneuve circuit.

Hamilton, fourth on the starting grid, overtook Fernando Alonso’s Alpine in 24And lap to take third place in the race for the first time. He slipped to fourth at 45And lap, behind team-mate George Russell, before recovering the position when the latter, in turn, made a tire change.

Despite the safety car at 50And lap, Hamilton managed to keep pace to finish behind Max Verstappen’s Red Bull and Carlos Sainz Jr. Russell’s Ferrari took fourth place.

“It is very exciting to get this third place – it is so difficult this season with the car – but we have remained focused, we have always worked and I am very proud of our team,” he said in an interview immediately after the race.

The crowd gave a standing ovation to the driver, with whom they have a special relationship. “It’s my second podium of the year and I’m very happy with it, especially here, where I won my first career victory and where the public has always encouraged me,” he said.

The end of the tunnel

Hamilton is used to delivering good performances on the Gilles-Villeneuve circuit. Actually, he’s used to winning. He has done it seven times in the past. But this time the situation was different.

We know it ; nothing is going well this season for the 37-year-old athlete, who is struggling to adapt to his new car and has to deal with enormous physical pain due to the porpoise, an aerodynamic phenomenon that causes violent vibrations and jolts in the cars.

The Mercedes star, therefore, has not won any races so far. Before the Canadian Grand Prix, Hamilton had only achieved third place. In total, he and Russell only had four podiums between them.


Photo Olivier Jean, LA PRESSE archive

Lewis Hamilton

There is no doubt, therefore, that these results will be like seeing the end of the tunnel for the team. Especially since the weekend didn’t start particularly well during free practice. Team boss Toto Wolff even called the car a “huge box of shit” after the first session.

“Our pace was really good. We are slowly approaching, so we have to keep working, pushing and hopefully getting back into the fight with these guys soon, ”Hamilton said, pointing to the two point guards.

“Qualifying yesterday [samedi] they were touching to me, he said shortly after into Sky Sport’s microphone. Back in the garage, we were like, wow, this is beautiful for us. We have worked so hard and having a solid race today gives me so much hope and confidence for what’s to come. ”

When asked what his back was like, which caused him pain last week in Azerbaijan, Hamilton replied: “I feel very good, like I am rejuvenated! ”

Caution

The Mercedes team is still third among the constructors, 40 points behind Ferrari and 116 from Red Bull. However, he will have the advantage of the home crowd for the next Grand Prix, which will take place at his home in England on 3 July.

“We have to be careful,” said Toto Wolff on Sunday night. There is still a lot of work to be done to get back on the front line. We’re not there yet. ”

The team boss, however, said he was happy to see Hamilton achieve a good result. “In several races, Lewis could have achieved better results. It wasn’t because he hurt, it was just bad luck. Seeing him positively, today on the podium, is nice. ”

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