Monday 26 September 2016

Hamilton warns of 'potholes' ahead on long road to title

Daniel Johnson

Published 11/06/2016 | 02:30

Lewis Hamilton celebrates on the podium after winning the Monaco Grand Prix for Mercedes Photo: Eric Gaillard/Reuters
Lewis Hamilton celebrates on the podium after winning the Monaco Grand Prix for Mercedes Photo: Eric Gaillard/Reuters

By all the form books in Formula One, Lewis Hamilton should claim his fifth victory here, but a sliver of unpredictability has entered through the clouds and cold in Montreal ahead of the sport's busiest period in recent memory.

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Hamilton has endured too much jeopardy and mechanical misery this season to think that his win in Monaco, and his astonishing record in Canada, are any guarantee of success. As he put it, there are "potholes" ahead for Mercedes.

And then there is a smarting Daniel Ricciardo, who has substituted a smile for a snarl after a galling defeat in Monte Carlo. The Australian is determined to enter the fray, both for victory and for the world championship. Predicted rain should help.

The scene is set for six races in eight weeks before the summer break.

Hamilton, who trails Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg by 24 points in the standings, said: "I've got a goal, to win all those races, so it's not particularly difficult to prepare for it."

The Canadian GP promises to be thrilling. It was dry for first practice yesterday, but the forecast is for cloud in qualifying and a wet race. The long straights and tight chicanes provide ample opportunity for overtaking, but rain could spell chaos.

Hamilton said: "I feel positive coming here, but I'm conscious of how the season has gone so far.

"There are potholes that we could easily manoeuvre past, but that we could easily fall into."

For the first time in a while there are other characters in the mix, too, such as Force India's Sergio Perez scored a brilliant podium in Monaco. (Daily Telegraph, London)

Canadian GP, Sky Sports F1, tomorrow, 6.45pm

Telegraph.co.uk

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