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Lewis Hamilton

Hamilton makes remarkable confession after Canada podium loss

Lewis Hamilton had a potential podium result snatched away late on by team-mate George Russell at the Canadian Grand Prix.

Hamilton rain race Canada
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Lewis Hamilton has conceded the Canadian Grand Prix was one of the “worst races I've driven” after crossing the line in fourth place.

The seven-time world champion started the race from seventh place after team-mate George Russell snatched pole position ahead of Max Verstappen.

Wet conditions at the start of the grand prix threatened to cause fireworks, but Hamilton kept his car out of trouble and progressed into the top five, engaged in a battle with the two McLarens.

Late in the race, Hamilton found himself running in third place after moving ahead of Piastri while Russell pitted for fresh tyres.

Russell used the extra grip to his advantage and demoted Hamilton to fourth on the penultimate lap to deny the 39-year-old his first podium of the season.

“Over the weekend, it was just a really poor performance from myself,” Hamilton told Sky Sport F1

“[During qualifying] some other things came into it, but mostly [from] myself. [On Sunday], it was one of the worst races that I’ve driven. 

“Just lots of mistakes but of course if I qualified better, I would have been in a much better position. It is what it is. I’ll go back to the drawing board.”

Hamilton confident over Mercedes improvements

Having endured a difficult opening phase to the season, Mercedes' form in Canada was its strongest so far in 2024.

Hamilton is confident more positives results will come his way as the season progresses.

“On a positive note, a big thank you to everyone back at the factory for progressing this car,” he said. 

“It is becoming a car that we can fight with. That’s a real positive going into the next part of the season. 

“I know we’ll have some more upgrades on the way, it’s going to be a close battle. If I get my head on right, I’ll get better results at some stage.

“This weekend, the car was capable of winning, that’s why it’s not such a great feeling. We’ll take the points, keep moving and keep trying.”

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