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Sport Hamilton cautious on Mercedes' 'rollercoaster' form

16:47  19 june  2017
16:47  19 june  2017 Source:

Hamilton delivers turning point

  Hamilton delivers turning point Lewis Hamilton is hopeful Mercedes' improved understanding of his W08 car has signalled a turning point in the season.Hamilton successfully tamed the Mercedes 'diva' to secure a lights-to-flag victory on a near-perfect weekend for the world champions as they regained the lead of the Constructors' Championship and Hamilton reduced Sebastian Vettel's title lead to just 12 points.

Hamilton believes Mercedes ' recent recovery is even more impressive than the work the team did following a significant dip in form at the Singapore Grand Prix in 2015. "In Singapore it was a bit more of an unknown what happened there.

Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton is hopeful his season will be less “up and down” going forward after an uneven start to the 2017 Formula 1 campaign. With Baku coming up next, Hamilton – who had endured a disappointing weekend there last year – is cautious about his prospects, but he believes

Lewis Hamilton says his rollercoaster start to 2017 has left him unable to predict Mercedes uneven form going into the next races.

The three-time champion has endured an up and down start to the season, taking three victories but losing points in his title fight with Sebastian Vettel after poor outings in Russia and Monaco.

Victory at the Canadian Grand Prix leaves Hamilton 12-points adrift of Vettel, however, with Baku the next round in the championship, Hamilton – who struggled there last year – admits he is cautious on Mercedes’ prospects but is confident the team can turn a corner with consistent performances.

Hamilton grateful for 'incredible' weekend in Canada

  Hamilton grateful for 'incredible' weekend in Canada Lewis Hamilton was ‘grateful’ after what he described as an incredible weekend in Canada which saw the Briton claim his 65th pole position to tie with Ayrton Senna and a 56th career win. With the confusing disappointment of Monaco two weeks earlier still on his mind, Hamilton drove the wheels off of his W08 to close down the points gap to title rival Sebastian Vettel to just 12 points heading to Azerbaijan. “It’s been such an incredible weekend,” said Hamilton. “I just couldn’t be happier with how it’s gone and I’m so grateful for this result. We came away from Monaco and we were scratching our heads, but we pulled together and look what we achieved. “We came here with a much better understanding of the car and we delivered a real blow to the Ferraris.” The three-time world champion also passed on congratulations to his team-mate Valtteri Bottas after the Mercedes team scored its first 1-2 finish of the season, retaking the lead in the constructors’ standings after both Ferraris struggled through the race. Ten years on from his first Formula 1 victory at the very same track, Hamilton was very pensive as memories of that day in 2007 came back to him as he was driving out in front with a commanding lead. Hamilton added: “Valtteri did a fantastic job too and this is our first one-two finish together. We’ve scored a big load of solid points and it’s well deserved. “It’s crazy to think I had my first pole and win here 10 years ago. The race actually felt very reminiscent of 2007, in terms of how it unfolded. “It’s a long race here, especially when you’re out there on your own, but I knew the car would hold together and it did perfectly.

Cautious : Mercedes ’ Lewis Hamilton (Picture: PA). Rosberg’s team-mate Hamilton praised the team’s hard work in achieving the one-two but said tomorrow’s race would be ‘tough’.

Lewis Hamilton says he is "loving" F1's increased speed in his new Mercedes car and hailed the world champions' faultless start to pre-season testing. I'm like a kid on a rollercoaster ride because it is so much better than it was before.

“Obviously we’ve had a great weekend, but I can’t really predict what’s going to happen,” . “We’re going to go to another race – Baku is very smooth, a bit like Russia.

“For us, personally getting the car where we need it every weekend is definitely a challenge. But I think we’ve learned a lot from Monaco, I think we’ve learned a lot [from Canada].

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“If we acquire the same diligence that we did in the past two weeks after every single race, even when we win, I’m pretty sure that we can continue to fight, and maybe not make the rollercoaster ride so up and down.”

The 32-year-old praised his team’s turnaround in Montreal from Monaco, linking it to the 2015 Singapore Grand Prix – where Mercedes was oddly off the pace in its worst weekend during its three-year dominance of the sport.

F1 Raceweek: Hamilton sick of rollercoaster ride, Palmer under pressure

  F1 Raceweek: Hamilton sick of rollercoaster ride, Palmer under pressure With the Azerbaijan Grand Prix upon us this weekend, we look at the big talking points in the Formula One paddock.Hamilton is only 12 points behind his rival, but cannot afford a repeat of last year in Baku - when the race was known as the European Grand Prix - when he finished fifth, while Vettel was second behind Nico Rosberg.

Lewis Hamilton said the Mercedes W08 is the fastest car he has ever driven in Formula One after another impressive day of pre-season testing in Barcelona. "I'm like a kid on a rollercoaster ride because it is so much better than it was before.

Despite a 1-2 in Canada, Bottas is hesitant to say that Mercedes ' strong form is back. Mercedes struggled badly in Monaco, but the team bounced back in Canada, where Lewis Hamilton won and Bottas was second – their first one-two of 2017.

“I think in Singapore it was a bit more of an unknown, what happened then,” he added. “I definitely came away even after two weeks still not fully understanding why we were in the position we were in. It was a bit like that for all of us, even though we did come back.

“This time, as I said, the teamwork, the engineering, was so much better. We really understood where we went wrong, we really understood where the car was wrong, why we couldn’t activate the tyres.

“We came here actually with real knowledge rather than an idea of what potentially might have been the case, and ‘we’ll try a couple of them’. We actually came here with a real know-how of how to fix it.”

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Ricciardo wins crazy Baku race .
Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo optimistically won a chaotic and controversial Azerbaijan GP as Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel clashed.Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo claimed a totally unexpected victory in a crazy and controversial Azerbaijan GP as Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel's title rivalry finally ignited in on-track clashes.

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