Formula One: Twice as fast for Hamilton in Canada
- Author: Neal Todd Jun 12, 2016,
Jun 12, 2016, 1:15
While the 2015 Formula 1 season was consistently panned for a lack of competition for Mercedes drivers Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg, several races into the latest season we're still looking at a battle for first between the two drivers, but with a lot more intrigue on the periphery.
Hamilton's first win of the campaign in Monaco two weeks ago ended a barren run marked by bad luck and closed the gap to the German to 24 points.
"I felt like I was on it every weekend so it was not a case of waiting for it to click and I'd be on it", he said. "Today must be a great relief for them".
Yes, he won in Monaco, but that was largely because of events over which he had no control.
"I know that it's a track I've been quick at". "Fortunately, I was quick enough in the wet".
Despite impressive performances at Barcelona, where Max Verstappen won, and Monaco where Ricciardo should have won, these were down to the slower circuits suiting the Red Bull design.
The Australian driver was unforgiving, saying "everyone was running around like headless chooks (chickens)".
Lewis Hamilton claimed his fourth win on the part-street part-circuit that is one of the unaminous highlights on the calendar.
Ferrari used two engine development tokens for the update, taking its tally to 28 and leaving just four remaining, with engineering chief Jock Clear saying the changes "performed as expected". "They should have been ready".
Then, 17 minutes into the session, Hamilton topped the list after setting a 1:15.343, yet he didn't stay on top very long as Verstappen now went 0.084 of a second faster.
However, he held his line at the Mirabeau turn, prompting an angry reaction from Ricciardo, who waved his right hand furiously.
"Obviously it was a chance to get the lead, so sure I questioned it".
"I think I had a problem", said Massa over the team radio as his practice session was curtailed after just seven laps.
This is a much faster race than the previous one in Monaco.