Lewis Hamilton slams Canadian GP performance: One of the worst races ever driven

The seven-time world champion was frustrated with his own mistakes that cost him a podium and potential victory in Montreal

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Lewis Hamilton lamented his “really poor performance” at the Formula 1 2024 Canadian Grand Prix on Sunday and claimed his errors cost him a potential race victory in Montreal.

The 39-year-old was beaten to a podium finish by his team-mate George Russell with just three laps to go after a nail-biting tussle and came home in fourth place. Together, they earned Mercedes 27 points in the constructors’ championship – their biggest haul in 2024 by some margin.

It looked as if Hamilton would be in the fight to challenge for the lead at several stages in the race, only to make costly errors under challenging wet and damp conditions. And the seven-time world champion was in no mood to forgive himself, claiming it was “one of the worst” races of his 17-year career.

“Over the weekend, it was a really poor performance from myself. Yesterday, some other things came into it but mostly myself. Then today, [it was] one of the worst races I’ve ever driven, lots of mistakes,” Hamilton told Sky Sports F1.

Lewis Hamilton during practice for the 2024 Canadian GP | Mercedes
Lewis Hamilton during practice for the 2024 Canadian GP | Mercedes

“But, of course, if I’d qualified better I’d be in a much better position, so it is what it is. I will go back to the drawing board. On a positive note, big, big thanks to everyone back to the factory for progressing this car, because it is becoming a car we can fight [for wins] with.

“That’s the real positive going into the next part of the season, because I know we have some upgrades on the way. It’s going to be a close battle and, if I keep my head on right, hopefully I’ll get some better results.”

Hamilton: Mercedes could have won

Hamilton finished only 4.9 seconds behind the race winner Max Verstappen after a wild race which included two safety car restarts, having made up three places from his grid position of seventh. Meanwhile, his team-mate Russell fought for the lead throughout the race with Verstappen and Lando Norris, but like Hamilton paid the price for some critical errors.

When asked if it was “a stretch” by reporter Rachel Brookes that Mercedes could have won in Canada, a disconsolate Hamilton replied: “I think this weekend, the car was capable of winning, which is why it’s not such a great feeling. We’ll take the points and keep fighting.”

It means Hamilton’s wait for a race victory stretches to 51 races – his last coming in Saudi Arabia back in 2021 – but Mercedes boss Toto Wolff was upbeat about their chances in the future.

“A victory was maybe a long shot, or a short dream when George was on the hard and catching up, showing strong pace. Maybe for a second we thought about it but you mustn’t be too greedy,” Wolff said after the race.

“But we need to take the positives. The car has made a real step forward, we are bringing bits and the development direction is true.”

Joe Krishnan
Joe Krishnan
Joe Krishnan is an NCTJ-qualified journalist who has worked for a number of media organisations, including the Daily Express, The Mirror, Evening Standard, The Independent and Bleacher Report. Joe has been following F1 since when he watched Mika Hakkinen clinch the 1999 drivers' championship, and his first taste of real-life racing action was watching David Coulthard spin off into the gravel at the British Grand Prix at Silverstone in 2001.
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