Lewis Hamilton finished on the podium at the Canadian Grand Prix. “The car felt fantastic and I had good grip for the low-speed corners but we just weren't quite on the pace of Sebastian Vettel and Fernando Alonso. I was on the maximum that I could possibly drive and we got absolutely everything out of the car,” said Lewis. “It would have been nice to have kept second place of course but Fernando was very quick today and it was difficult to keep him behind. I got close to taking the place back but he was just that little bit too fast. Still I'm very pleased with third place.”
Nico Rosberg ended the race in Montreal in fifth place. “I think fifth place was probably my optimum and, even if my race had gone perfectly, I wasn't able to match the pace of the guys in front,” said Nico.
“We were worried about the warm-up of the harder tyres, so we went for the option to protect my track position, but in hindsight it would probably have been better to go the other way.”
Lewis scored his third podium finish in seven races with the team, finishing in third position. “Lewis drove a very strong race although it was a shame that he could not quite hold on to second position in the closing laps. However, that wasn't down to him but rather the fact that we still need to find a little more performance from our car,” said Team Principal Ross Brawn.
“Nico had a reasonably quiet race after a strong first stint and we will have to analyse if we could have made more of the car's performance.”
It was nice to see Lewis on the podium.
Mercedes-Benz Executive Director Toto Wolff concluded the seventh race of the season at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve: “Lewis and Nico did a great job on track and it was nice to see Lewis on the podium again. He tried to hold off Fernando Alonso towards the end of the race but the Ferrari was just too quick. Nico dropped back on the option tyre and our strategy didn't quite come to him unfortunately.”