Hamil­ton’s per­fect week­end

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MON­TREAL: The goal­posts may have moved in For­mula One this sea­son but, af­ter a dom­i­nant one-two in Canada on Sun­day, triple world cham­pion Lewis Hamil­ton feels Mercedes are back on tar­get.

The cham­pi­ons looked their old selves in Mon­treal as Hamil­ton led team­mate Valt­teri Bot­tas to their first one-two since the Finn joined in Jan­uary as re­place­ment for re­tired cham­pion Nico Ros­berg.

The Bri­ton’s 56th ca­reer vic­tory was his sixth in Canada and third in a row, and he turned the ta­bles on Fer­rari with a peer­less per­for­mance.

Hamil­ton, who qual­i­fied on pole, the 65th of his ca­reer to equal the tally of his late Brazil­ian boy­hood idol Ayr­ton Senna, led from start to fin­ish and also set the fastest lap to com­plete the ‘grand slam’.

Com­ing two weeks af­ter Monaco, where he had qual­i­fied badly and fin­ished sev­enth as Fer­rari en­joyed their first one-two since 2010, it was the per­fect week­end.

“I think for us, we re­ally so­lid­i­fied our strength, we’ve got a bet­ter un­der­stand­ing of the car and hope we can put it in the same spot in the fol­low­ing races,” he told Sky Sports tele­vi­sion. “Also we know now, af­ter the last race, where to de­velop this car mov­ing for­wards which I think is re­ally go­ing to make a dif­fer­ence in win­ning this cham­pi­onship.”

Hamil­ton warned, how­ever, that there was still much to do and it would take time.

“I don’t think we’ve com­pletely got rid of all the is­sues we have,” he said.

“We’ve un­der­stood the tyres, utilised the tyres a lot bet­ter this week­end, but I think there’s still things we’ve un­der­stood but that you can’t just fix in two weeks.

“So in terms of where we di­rect the de­vel­op­ment, the guys now in the fac­tory have a much bet­ter goal. The goal­posts have moved, but they know where it is and now they can work full steam ahead to­wards that.”

Fer­rari’s Se­bas­tian Vet­tel, a four times cham­pion, fin­ished fourth and saw his lead over Hamil­ton cut to 12 points with 13 races re­main­ing.

The Ger­man and Hamil­ton now have three wins each, with Bot­tas tak­ing the other.

Vet­tel had also qual­i­fied on the front row in Mon­treal but the ex­pected bat­tle be­tween the two ti­tle con­tenders failed to ma­te­ri­alise with the Ger­man hav­ing to fight through the field af­ter his car’s front wing was bro­ken on the open­ing lap. –Reuters

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