Hamilton ready to hit back in Canada

Wed Jun 4, 2014 11:17am EDT
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By Alan Baldwin

(Reuters) - Nico Rosberg seized the Formula One championship lead from aggrieved Mercedes team mate Lewis Hamilton in Monaco but he may have to hand it straight back in Montreal this weekend.

With their rivalry sure to be as fierce as ever, despite both drivers playing down talk of feuding in recent days, Hamilton can be expected to hit back hard at one of his favorite circuits.

The 2008 world champion has won three times in Canada and took the first grand prix victory of his career at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, with McLaren in 2007.

Until last year, when he started on the front row and ended up third behind Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel and Ferrari's Fernando Alonso, the 29-year-old Briton could boast of winning every Canadian Grand Prix he had finished.

"Canada is a very good circuit for me," Hamilton said after Rosberg ended his run of four wins in a row with victory in Monaco on May 25.

"We were both quite quick there last year but with this car it should be better. It is a late-braking circuit and I am better on the brakes, so it should be a good one for us.

"This one is really important. It's where I won my first grand prix, so I want to make sure I keep doing that," he added after driving the layout on a simulator this week.

Even if Rosberg rates Montreal as a favorite venue, with the city's nightlife making it a great place to celebrate a good result, the German has never finished higher than fifth there.   Continued...

Mercedes Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain leaves the pit at the end of the third practice session of the Monaco Grand Prix in Monaco May 24, 2014.  REUTERS/Max Rossi