Lewis Hamilton wary of 'potholes' ahead

Thu Jun 9, 2016 6:30pm EDT
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By Ian Gordon

MONTREAL (Reuters) - Lewis Hamilton will start Sunday's Canadian Grand Prix as favorite for another win but Formula One's triple world champion remains wary of potential potholes ahead.

The Mercedes driver has won four times at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, including from pole last year, while team-mate and championship leader Nico Rosberg has never tasted victory in Montreal.

Hamilton's first win of the campaign in Monaco two weeks ago ended a barren run marked by bad luck and closed the gap to the German to 24 points.

Another victory for the Briton, and a blank for Rosberg, would see Hamilton riding a wave to the top of the standings on Sunday night.

"This has been a naturally good track for me so hopefully I should be able to capitalize on that," Hamilton told reporters on a cold Thursday. "But the weather is all over the place and I've had bad races here as well.

"I feel positive coming here but I am conscious how the season has gone so far. I am not arriving all excited thinking everything is going great again just because we have had one win.

"There are potholes we could easily maneuver but I'm equally conscious we could fall down them."

Hamilton's first win at the track came in his rookie season in 2007 but there have been some lows.   Continued...

Formula One - Monaco Grand Prix - Monaco - 29/5/16. Mercedes F1 driver Lewis Hamilton celebrates after winning next to Prince Albert II of Monaco (R).           REUTERS/Eric Gaillard