Hamilton Concedes Aston Martin Slightly Surpassed Mercedes in Canadian GP

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Seven-time world champion, Hamilton, finished third in the Canadian Grand Prix, behind Fernando Alonso and Max Verstappen, the latter sealing Red Bull’s century of championship victories with a 9.57-second lead.

Hamilton demonstrated a robust start, overtaking Alonso, who began on the front row, at the very first corner. Despite a close call with a potentially unsafe release during the first round of pitstops, Hamilton managed to stay ahead, forcing the Aston Martin driver to brake.

Despite Hamilton’s early lead, Alonso persevered and managed to retake the second position with the help of the Drag Reduction System (DRS) at the final chicane on the 22nd lap out of 70.

While Hamilton managed to reduce the gap to two seconds in the last stage, Alonso counteracted by reducing his lap times to solidify his second position.

Hamilton acknowledged that Mercedes was slightly outperformed by the AMR23 – which unveiled new sidepod bodywork and an updated floor this weekend – particularly in Montreal’s prevalent low-speed corners.

Expressing his feelings, he said, “Regrettably, our pace wasn’t up to mark today. We anticipated that this circuit would be a challenge due to our struggle in low-speed corners.

“That’s where I was noticeably lagging behind Fernando and Max, mostly on traction coming out of Turn 2, and essentially every other corner.

Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes-AMG, 3rd position, celebrating with his team in Parc Ferme

Photo by: Glenn Dunbar / F1 Flow Images

“But we have quite a bit of work ahead of us, specifically to enhance the car’s rear downforce and improve its efficiency.

“We’re making progress, as I mentioned, and I’m optimistic that we’ll catch up eventually.

“Max was slightly out of reach. However, I feel our pace was somewhat more competitive today. So, we’re on the right track.”

Hamilton, who considered it an “honour” to share the podium with fellow world champions Alonso and Verstappen, conceded that Aston Martin was marginally superior to his Mercedes team in the Canadian round.

He added, “Frankly, it’s been a rewarding weekend for us. We’re gradually closing the gap. Aston made a small advancement this weekend with their upgrades.

“We’re committed to developing and implementing more improvements moving forward.”

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Hamilton Aston Martin Canadian GP

Who won the Canadian GP mentioned in the text?

Max Verstappen won the Canadian GP, claiming Red Bull’s 100th championship win.

What position did Lewis Hamilton finish in the Canadian GP?

Lewis Hamilton finished in third place in the Canadian GP.

Which team did Lewis Hamilton acknowledge had a slight edge over Mercedes in the Canadian GP?

Lewis Hamilton acknowledged that Aston Martin had a slight edge over Mercedes in the Canadian GP.

Who came second in the Canadian GP?

Fernando Alonso secured the second position in the Canadian GP.

According to Hamilton, what is the area that Mercedes needs to improve?

According to Hamilton, Mercedes needs to work on enhancing the car’s rear downforce and improving its efficiency, especially in low-speed corners.

What changes did Aston Martin introduce to their car for the Canadian GP?

Aston Martin introduced new sidepod bodywork and an updated floor to their car for the Canadian GP.

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RocketRaceLover June 18, 2023 - 11:16 pm

Still reckon Verstappen is the one to beat this year…he’s been unstoppable so far. 100 wins for Red Bull, thats quite something!!

F1Fan89 June 19, 2023 - 2:20 am

hard race for Mercedes, Ham is right, they need to get their act together with those low-speed corners.

Debbie_in_Montreal June 19, 2023 - 5:15 am

was at the track today and the atmosphere was electric! gr8 to see Hamilton sharing the podium with alonso and verstappen.

Speedster_123 June 19, 2023 - 11:55 am

max is in his own league. hamilton and mercedes have got work to do. let’s see how they bounce back.

James_McKinley June 19, 2023 - 7:39 pm

Can’t believe how well aston martin are doing! Honestly thought hamilton would get 2nd place but fair play to alonso.


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