In Canada, Lewis Hamilton claimed his second podium of the season. This came after two race weekends where perhaps the result was satisfactory, but the car had not felt very good of him. The seven-time world champion was very unhappy with the heavy bouncing of the W13, especially in Azerbaijan, and looked visibly uncomfortable after the race.
Even in Canada, Hamilton had complained of the car being ‘undriveable’ on the team radio. He and teammate George Russell had gone with radically different setups, but Hamilton described his own setup as a ‘disaster’. Nevertheless, in a wet qualifying session on Saturday, he qualified P4, alongside Carlos Sainz.
During the race, he went one better and claimed the 184th podium of his season. But victory still does not seem in touch for the Silver Arrows. Nevertheless, it must have been an encouraging result for Lewis Hamilton, as it is only the second time this season that he has finished ahead of teammate George Russell. A lot of the time he has also been forced to bear the brunt of his team’s ‘experiments’, and he wants this to stop.
Hamilton thinks that the team’s experiments are hindering his race weekends
Talking to Sky Sports, Hamilton said that the team should be less adventurous in their setup experiments.
“We’re just trying to work… we’re just trying to progress as a team. Moving forward, I think we’ll be a little bit more cautious on doing too many experiments as it really does hinder you through the weekend, especially if you only have practice one and two in the dry and don’t get an FP3, for example.”
Despite that, Hamilton felt that Canada had been overall a positive weekend for the team, and a good learning experience.
“I think there are lots of learnings from this weekend and improvements that we can make moving forwards.”
“I really hope, moving to Silverstone… it’s such an important race for us and for me and so I just want to be in a battle with these guys.”
Lewis Hamilton had won last year’s British Grand Prix in a perhaps rather controversial fashion. Silverstone proved to be one of the changing points of the season in 2021, as Max Verstappen retired, and Hamilton was able to cut down Verstappen’s 32-point lead to only 8 points. Hamilton will hope Silverstone can be another turning point in the season, and that he can compete for the victory along with the Red Bull and Ferrari drivers.