Lewis Hamilton Vows To Remain “Vigilant” Amidst Third-Placed Finish at 2022 Canadian GP

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Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton has vowed to remain “vigilant” despite snatching a well-worked third-placed finish at 2022 Canadian Grand Prix.

Having been left “unhappy” after Friday Practice, Hamilton rebounded in wet Qualifying on Saturday to qualify fourth on the grid, which soon became third once he cleared Alpine’s Fernando Alonso on Lap 23 as he opted for a two-stop strategy to the Spaniard’s one-stopper.

Hamilton post-race admitted that finishing third after a tough weekend was “quite overwhelming honestly,” having had to “battle” his Mercedes W13 car all season so far but he has vowed “… to stay vigilant, focussed and never giving up.”

Mercedes however are still unable to get close to Red Bull and Ferrari as Hamilton described the latter teams as “a little bit quick for us at the moment,” but he believes that progress is being made after managing to keep them within sight until the checkered flag after a late Safety Car.

Up next is Hamilton’s home race at Silverstone but he isn’t confident of a ninth victory as he said: “We’ve just got to keep pushing and keep pushing and hopefully we’ll be in the fight with these guys.”

Mercedes’ Team Principal, Toto Wolff was “quietly satisfied” with Hamilton’s podium at one of his favourite tracks, where he has now claimed nine podiums in total in 13 previous visits to Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.

Wolff proceeded to praise Hamilton for his control of his race pace as he commented: “The race pace was good, particularly when the tyres started to degrade – Max and Carlos actually came towards us and that was nice to see.”

Mercedes’ Trackside Engineering Director, Andrew Shovlin added that Hamilton had delivered “a very solid drive to the podium” despite lacking the pace to match Max Verstappen and Carlos Sainz by Shovlin’s guess of “… missing two or three tenths which will spur us all on to work to close that gap.”

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