Lewis Hamilton ‘ecstatic’ as Brit fires warning to Max Verstappen and Charles Leclerc

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LEWIS HAMILTON completed third on the Canadian Grand Prix to safe his second podium of the season.

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Lewis Hamilton has fired a warning to Max Verstappen and Charles Leclerc, claiming Mercedes are “getting nearer” to the battle on the entrance after a podium on the Canadian Grand Prix. Hamilton stated his podium was “overwhelming” however confused the workforce “shall be within the battle” with the leaders quickly.

He stated: “We have had such an superior crowd right here this weekend. It is fairly overwhelming to get this third place. It’s been such a battle this yr with the automotive and as a workforce however we proceed to remain vigilant and focussed, by no means giving up and it is one thing I am so happy with and impressed by.

“They’re just a little bit too fast for us in the meanwhile I used to be giving it every part, However we’re getting nearer. We have simply received to maintain pushing and finally hopefully we shall be within the battle with these guys… Our tempo was fairly good notably within the second part of the stint.

“We did lots of work again within the simulator but in addition right here to get the set-up proper so actually I am ecstatic. I did not anticipate this coming into the weekend.”

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Lewis Hamilton 'ecstatic' as Brit fires warning to Max Verstappen and Charles Leclerc

Lewis Hamilton completed third in Canada (Picture: F1 / Twitter)

Talking on workforce radio after the race, Hamilton stated: “Nice, nice effort guys. Thanks a lot. The automotive was just a little bit higher right this moment and we received one thing right here. Let’s hold pushing.” The result’s Hamilton’s greatest end because the Bahrain Grand Prix at first of the season. 

It’s additionally simply the second time Hamilton has overwhelmed team-mate, George Russell, in 2022. 

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Lewis Hamilton 'ecstatic' as Brit fires warning to Max Verstappen and Charles Leclerc

Lewis Hamilton secured his second podium of the season (Picture: F1 / Twitter)

Hamilton handed Fernando Alonso early on to leap right into a podium place. Charles Leclerc was additionally out of competition after selecting up a grid penalty for an engine alternative forward of the race. 

It appeared as if Russell may problem for the rostrum by one-stopping however Mercedes determined to pit him late on, ending any risk for Hamilton.

Talking after the race, Mercedes workforce principal Toto Wolff claimed the workforce have been “faster” than the frontrunners on the finish of the race, however confused the workforce nonetheless had extra to do earlier than they may problem for wins.

He stated: “They have been each excellent and so they have been on completely different set-ups and completely different rear wing settings. We confirmed some tempo right this moment.

“Earlier than the security automotive got here out on the finish we have been truly faster than Sainz. You are selecting out a number of laps and saying, ‘yeah we’re again’ however I do not assume we’re there but. We have to carry on working.”

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