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Hamilton calls Canadian GP “one of the worst races I’ve driven” · RaceFans

Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, 2024

Lewis Hamilton was deeply unhappy with his performance in the Canadian Grand Prix, branding it one of his worst showings in his 341-race career.

He rose from seventh on the grid to finish fourth. However he lost the final podium place to his team mate with two laps to go and also went off earlier in the race.

On a weekend where his team mate started from pole position, Hamilton was deeply disappointed with his efforts. “It was just, over the weekend, a really poor performance from myself,” he told Sky.

“Some other things came into it yesterday, but mostly myself. And then today, just one of the worst races that I’ve driven. Just lots of mistakes.

“But of course, if I’d qualified better I’d’ve been in a much better position. So it is what it is.”

However Hamilton was encouraged by the performance of his Mercedes, which has benefited from a series of upgrades in recent races.

“I will go back to the drawing board on the positive note,” he said. “Big thank you to everyone back at the factory for progressing this car because it is becoming a car we can fight with and that’s a real positive going into this next part of the season.

“I know we’ll have hopefully some more upgrades coming along the way so it’s going to be a close battle and if I get my head on right I will get better results at some stage.”

Russell finished third but believes he could have fought for victory had he not tangled with Oscar Piastri while trying to overtake him, which allowed Hamilton to briefly get ahead. Hamilton agreed Mercedes had a potentially race-winning car in Canada.

“I think this weekend the car was capable of winning,” he said. “That’s why it’s not such a great feeling. But we’ll take the points and just keep moving and keep trying.”

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