Lewis Hamilton believes the unique aspects of Ferrari’s car will make it particularly well-suited to the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve this weekend.
Speaking in the pre-race press conference Hamilton endorsed Mercedes executive director Toto Wolff’s view that their championship-leading rivals are now the favourites.
“I think Toto mentioned that he thinks Ferrari, and we obviously have seen Ferrari are the quickest at the moment so they are favourites,” said Hamilton. “But we are working hard to rectify the issues we had at the past race. I hope that we can attack this weekend.”
“They’ve got some unique bits on the car, I think, which will work well this weekend. But that doesn’t mean we can’t take the fight to them.”
Hamilton has been plagued by problems with getting the ultra-soft tyre compound to work two weeks ago and the same rubber will be used this weekend. Asked if he’d been able to make any progress with them he replied: “Not much at all.”
“We’ve definitely done some analysis but we’ll find whether or not there’s new things we can improve on this weekend.”
Hamilton said getting the tyres into the correct operating window had been been hit-and-miss for him so far.
“You just drive the same – you push or you drive slow depending on the temperature of the circuit. When you come to do your lap sometimes they’re ready or they’re not,” he said.
“It’s kind of a numb feeling. Sometimes the tyres feel exactly the same when you leave the garage and sometimes they grip up. It’s the same for every tyre.”
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