Lewis Hamilton sets sights on Verstappen and Alonso in Canadian GP

Lewis Hamilton secured fourth place in qualifying for the 2023 Canadian Grand Prix

-

Lewis Hamilton said he’s hoping to battle Max Verstappen and Fernando Alonso at the front of the 2023 Canadian Grand Prix, as he chases a record-equalling win in Montreal.

Despite Mercedes struggling to heat up their intermediate tyres in a soaking qualifying session at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Hamilton landed fourth on the grid one place ahead of teammate George Russell.

“I’m really grateful that we’re on the second row and I think the team has done a great job this weekend to put us there,” Hamilton told the media. “I think hopefully our race pace is stronger than what we showed today.

“So hopefully it’s fighting the top two drivers, Alonso and Max tomorrow, hopefully we can put some pressure at least on one of them.”

If Hamilton can fight his way to a win then it’ll be his eighth win at the Circuit Gille Villeneuve, where he took his first-ever grand prix victory in 2007.

He’s currently tied with Michael Schumacher on seven Montreal wins, but another victory would put equal the record for most wins at a single circuit.

Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes during 2023 Canadian Grand Prix practice | Mercedes F1 Team/Steve Etherington

He’d actually tie himself at the Hungaroring and Silverstone, plus Schumacher who won eight times at Magny-Cours.

Mercedes expected struggles in Canada with so many slow-speed corners compared to at the Spanish GP last time out, where they recorded a double-podium.

However, after the topped FP2 with a one-two, Hamilton‘s comments are the closest thing to fighting talk as usually comes from the Brackley team.

Tyre calls were rolls of the dice

Mercedes were the only driver to have both cars complete Q3, as other favourites Charles Leclerc, Sergio Perez and Lance Stroll were eliminated in Q2 and Oscar Piastri‘s crash in the final session brought a premature end to his afternoon.

However, that was only by the skin of their teeth as Hamilton scraped through Q2 in tenth place.

With the track briefly dry enough for slick tyres – a situation Alex Albon took full advantage of to top the session – Mercedes were too slow to switch onto the dry rubber and missed the window.

Hamilton was unable to improve but luckily neither were any of the drivers below him, and he survived to land his W14 on the front row.

Hamilton added: “It was a lottery, a throw of the dice, trying to get it right but I don’t think we did. But we got through, just about.”

Adam Dickinson
Adam Dickinson
An international multi-award-winning journalist, Adam Dickinson has written for Total-Motorsport.com since June 2022 and also contributes to TNT Sports, Eurosport and the Rugby Paper. He's also had articles published in the Daily Telegraph and several local newspapers, and previously worked for Last-Lap.co.uk and FeederSeries.net in motorsport and graduated with a First-Class Journalism Degree from the University of Sheffield having also studied in Oklahoma. Adam started watching F1 by accident in 2007, catching the last race in Indianapolis, and attended his first race as a journalist at the 2023 British Grand Prix.
- Advertisment -

LATEST NEWS

Start of the 2024 Chinese Grand Prix of | Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool

F1 winners and losers from 2024 Chinese GP

0
Formula 1's return to Shanghai after a five-year absence sputtered with some bright moments but failed to really ignite...
Lando Norris during 2024 Chinese GP | McLaren F1 Team

Lando Norris shines in China but McLaren star remains F1’s nearly man

0
Lando Norris will come away from the Formula 1 2024 Chinese Grand Prix with a feeling of euphoria and...
Sergio Perez leads Lando Norris of McLaren during the 2024 Chinese Grand Prix | Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool

F1 Chinese GP 2024: Driver Ratings

0
Max Verstappen enjoyed total domination at the Formula 1 2024 Chinese Grand Prix to extend his lead at the...
Scot Dixon celebrate win at 2024 IndyCar Grand Prix of Long Beach | Penske Entertainment: James Black

How does he do it? IndyCar’s ultimate ninja pulls off sensational Long Beach heist

0
Nobody knows how he does it but Scott Dixon is a freak of nature when it comes to saving...
The cars get ready for the 2024GEICO 500 at Talladega | NASCAR/X

NASCAR 2024 GEICO 500 highlights and results: Reddick wins in Talladega

0
Reddick comes through for first Cup win The NASCAR Cup Series' GEICO 500 was oddly clean for a Talladega Superspeedway...
Lando Norris celebrates finishing second at the 2024 Chinese GP | McLaren

Lando Norris mystified at McLaren 2024 Chinese GP pace

0
If Max Verstappen didn’t exist, Lando Norris would be a Formula 1 race winner after he finished second at...
Red Bull Team Principal Christian Horner and Max Verstappen talk in the Paddock ahead of 2024 Australian Grand Prix | Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool

Fiery Horner reignites Wolff feud over Verstappen rumours: I don’t think Toto’s problems are...

0
Christian Horner launched a stinging attack on Toto Wolff over the Mercedes team principal stoking rumours that Max Verstappen...
Toto Wolff at 2023 United States Grand Prix | Mercedes / Sebastian Kawka

Toto Wolff in ‘simple minds’ jibe at Horner over Max Verstappen

0
Toto Wolff has aimed a thinly-veiled swipe at Christian Horner by suggesting only 'simple minds' believe Max Verstappen would...
Daniel Ricciardo of Visa Cash App RB during Sprint Qualifying ahead of 2024 Chinese Grand Prix | Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool

Daniel Ricciardo handed grid penalty for 2024 Miami Grand Prix

0
Daniel Ricciardo's challenging weekend at the 2024 Chinese Grand Prix has been compounded by a three-grid place penalty issued...
Guanyu Zhou gets emotional on the grid after the 2024 Chinese GP | Sauber

Zhou Guanyu in tears after making F1 history

0
In an emotionally charged scene at the end of the 2024 Chinese Grand Prix, Sauber's Zhou Guanyu achieved...
- Advertisment -