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Montreal (AFP) – Lewis Hamilton mentioned he was “ecstatic” on Sunday after claiming his second podium of the season with a powerful third place forward of Mercedes team-mate George Russell within the Canadian Grand Prix.
The seven-time world champion, who had complained his automobile was “undriveable” on Friday, mentioned his success had been rejuvenating.
“I am again to feeling younger once more,” mentioned the 37-year-old Briton who suffered acute again ache and struggled to climb from his automobile after final week’s Azerbaijan Grand Prix in Baku.
“Actually, I’m ecstatic,” he mentioned on the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.
“I did not anticipate this coming into this weekend. It is my second podium of the 12 months and it feels actually particular – particularly as it’s the place I acquired my first Grand Prix win.
“I like it right here in Montreal.”
Hamilton claimed his maiden F1 victory in Montreal in 2007 and holds the joint file of seven wins on the Canadian race.
“We’ve got had such an superior crowd right here this weekend. It has been fairly overwhelming actually to get this third place because it has been such a battle this 12 months with the automobile and for the staff.
“However we have now continued to remain vigilant and to remain focussed and by no means giving up. That is one thing I’m so pleased with and I’m impressed by my crew.
“So a giant shout out and due to all of the staff, the lads and the ladies, again on the manufacturing facility and right here on the circuit. All of them work so arduous.”
Staff boss Toto Wolff mentioned Hamilton and Russell had proven tempo within the race and had been operating with “completely different drag ranges.”
“Now I believe we simply must develop the automobile in a distinct window than the one we had. We did not get it proper in lots of areas, however we personal the issue.”
Each Hamilton and Russell mentioned that their issues with bouncing and ‘porpoising’ had been a lot much less extreme this weekend.
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