Motor racing-Hamilton seeking repeat win in Canada

Wed Jun 4, 2008 9:33am EDT
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By Alan Baldwin

LONDON (Reuters) - Formula One championship leader Lewis Hamilton wants Sunday's Canadian Grand Prix to be a re-run of last year's race but Robert Kubica is hoping for something very different.

The two drivers left their mark on the 2007 race, with McLaren's Hamilton taking his breakthrough first grand prix win in Montreal while BMW Sauber's Kubica suffered the biggest crash of his career.

They return to the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve with 23-year-old Hamilton leading the championship after last month's Monaco win but with only six points separating him from the fourth-placed Pole.

In between are the Ferrari duo of world champion Kimi Raikkonen, three points behind the Briton and one ahead of Brazilian team mate Felipe Massa.

Hamilton has the momentum and Montreal, like Monaco, is a special track for the youngster who returns as an even more feted driver than the sensational rookie of a year ago.

"Last year in Canada was one of the biggest accomplishments of my life, to take my maiden pole and victory in Formula One was incredible," said Hamilton in a team preview. "It would be great to go back there and do the same.

"Since then I've matured a lot. I think I have grown stronger as a driver and have become closer to the team."

Hamilton has also put flesh on the bones of his promise, with six wins, 16 podium finishes and seven pole positions from his 23 starts so far.   Continued...

<p>McLaren Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain celebrates after winning the Monaco F1 Grand Prix in Monte Carlo May 25, 2008. REUTERS/Robert Pratta</p>