After 24 hours of calling his car “unwanted” and the worst of his Formula One career, Lewis Hamilton laughed happily after finishing fourth for Mercedes at the Canadian Grand Prix.
Seven-time world champion and Circuit Giles villainuve, a record seven-time winner, where he claimed his first F1 success in 2007, said he felt “amazing”.
Hamilton said: “I’m so glad I got P4 – I haven’t felt so good since my first day in 2007 or 2008 to be P4 or at least for a long time.” “It feels good – very good, to be honest.”
Heavy rain and a wet track worked well for Hamilton and Mercedes in an unexpected session that had some unexpected results, with 40-year-old two-time champion Fernando Alonso winning second place on the grid for Alpine with world champion Max Verstappen’s Red Bull.
Hamilton added, “It feels so good.” “It was a difficult year and the situation was very difficult today so I’m happy for everyone on the team – they’re working hard.”
He said the roller-coaster switch of his form and fortune came after a lot of overnight efforts to fix his car set-up when he and teammate George Russell moved in different directions on Friday.
“I hope tomorrow everything will work out again and we will at least be in a race position – but with this car we need everything and much more to come together.”
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