Hamilton: Ferrari straight-line speed ‘killing us’

Jamie Woodhouse
Lewis Hamilton

Lewis Hamilton

Lewis Hamilton insists Ferrari’s straightline speed in Montreal is “killing” Mercedes after Sebastian Vettel took pole for the Canadian GP.

The Brit was fastest after the first Q3 runs were complete and looked a good shout for his seventh pole at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, but Vettel would hit back to snatch a much-needed pole for himself and the Scuderia with his final effort.

Despite having to settle for P2 on the grid tomorrow, Hamilton said that he strangely wasn’t too disappointed and highlighted just how mighty the red team are in the high-speed sections around Montreal.

“For whatever reason, I don’t feel particular disappointment. I think we gave it everything we could,” Hamilton told reporters.

“They were just quicker. Particularly that last sector, they were just killing us. I think it was something like four-tenths or five-tenths on the straights.

“But I did everything we could and we did everything we could. I think the timing was right, our procedures were perfect, so I’m really thoroughly happy with the job. We had P1 for a second. We knew that they were quick.”

A fierce battle for victory between Vettel and Hamilton looks on the cards for Sunday and this is something which pleases the Mercedes man.

“This is good. This is how racing should be,” Hamilton stressed.

“I’m glad that I was able to split the Ferraris. Tomorrow should be interesting.

“The weather’s fantastic, we’ve got a great group of fans that are here, so hopefully we can put on a good show tomorrow.”

Hamilton’s team-mate Valtteri Bottas had a torrid Q3, spinning on his first run before an error-riddled follow-up earned him only P6 on the grid, leaving the Finn to admit he will “look in the mirror”.

“I had a bit of a snap out of Turn 2 and actually ended up in a spin while I trying to minimise the time lost and just get going, so then I was on a bit the back foot for the last run” he confessed.

“I was still feeling confident that I could still do it but I had messy laps with many lock-ups, just missing the apexes. I just need to have a look in the mirror at what went wrong.”

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