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Hamilton pinpoints where he lost out to Alonso in tight Canada battle

The Mercedes driver was in a tight battle with Fernando Alonso for second place but believes Aston Martin has taken another step forward with their car upgrades.

Lewis Hamilton believes Mercedes did not have the pace to finish ahead of Fernando Alonso in the Canadian Grand Prix. Despite getting a better start which enabled him to overtake the Spaniard in the opening stages of the race, Alonso was able to retake the position before the first pit stop. Mercedes elected to fit Hamilton with a set of Medium tyres for his final stint with Alonso on the Hards, which did prompt a late surge from the seven-time World Champion. He ultimately finished 4.7s behind Alonso having completed the final 30 laps on the Medium tyre. "Unfortunately we didn't have the pace today. We knew this weekend wouldn't be our strongest circuit as we struggle in the low speed corners particularly," said Hamilton after the race. "That's really where I was losing to Fernando and to Max just on traction out of turn two and out of pretty much every corner. "We've got a lot of work to do just add rear downforce to the car and a little bit more efficiency, but I do believe we will get there at some stage but Max was a little bit gone."

Hamilton: Aston Martin took more of a step forward

Mercedes appeared to be back on form having introduced upgrades at the Monaco Grand Prix, then subsequently getting a double podium in Spain. But with Aston Martin bringing further significant upgrades to their car this weekend, it has exposed the gap that Mercedes must still close to beat them on merit. "We were slowly chipping away, but the Aston's took a little bit of a step ahead this weekend when they added the upgrades. We're working on bringing some more moving forwards. "To just have this consistency and and be up on the podium here in Montreal."

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