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Hamilton prepares to bring it on in Montreal

Will it be Hamilton or Vettel left smiling on race day in Montreal?
By Sarah Holt

Title rivals Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton are taking different approaches to their championship battle ahead of the Canadian Grand Prix.

Vettel leads the driver standings by 25 points, the exact points handed out for a race win, going into round seven in Montreal but he is not planning on checking the numbers until Formula 1’s summer break at the end of July.

Hamilton, on the other hand, aims to up his game at the Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve, where he has taken the chequered flag an impressive five times.

“The gap is big but not impossible to close,” Hamilton, who engineered a recovery drive to seventh after starting 13th on the grid at the last race in Monaco, told C4F1. 

“I come away from one of the most difficult weekends that I’ve had for a while with still lots of positives to take from it. 

“I just let my guys know, we’re not going to give up, we keep going. 

“I know the team will work as hard as they can to make sure we’re ahead of the Ferraris and I will work as hard as I can to make sure a weekend like this is not repeated. 

“Montreal – we’re going to have to seriously bring it there.”

Vettel has only won once at the high-speed, heavy-braking Montreal circuit in 2013, despite taking a trio of pole positions at the track for Red Bull.

But Ferrari’s championship leader, who has won three races this season, is not getting hung up on analysing the standings. 

“I’m trying not to look at it until the summer break,” he told C4F1’s Lee McKenzie, who reminded him that this was how he approached his four world championships with Red Bull. 

“In the end you try to do your best at every single race. You don’t have to be a genius to know that if you win every race you also win the championship. If we can do that from now I don’t need to look at the numbers, but that will be hard to achieve. 

“If we have the chance to do well – if we can get a podium we have to go for the podium, if we can get the win, then we have to get the win – that’s what I want, that’s what the team wants and that’s what matters.

“Then points here and there, advantage, disadvantage, we’re racing… It would be a shame to miss out on all the joy and the fun by being distracted and looking at the points.” 

Hamilton’s Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas, winner of the Russian Grand Prix, is 54 points behind Vettel in third in the standings, eight points ahead of Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen. 

Highlights of Qualifying and the Canadian Grand Prix will air on Channel 4 this weekend from 10:30pm.