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From history, Canada a perfect place for Hamilton re-assume the Mercedes throne

Jun 3, 2014, 10:00 AM EDT

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The Mercedes AMG boys can say they’ve made peace after their rivalry escalated in Monaco – for now, anyway – but the intensity undoubtedly still burns between both Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg to stay ahead of the other one as we head into the first of two North American Grands Prix this season.

For Hamilton, the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal couldn’t be a better place to come to after Monaco as he seeks to re-assume the throne from Rosberg, who recaptured the lead in the 2014 World Championship with his Monaco victory.

Hamilton took his first career victory at Montreal in the at-times chaotic 2007 Canadian Grand Prix, and added two further ones for McLaren in 2010 and 2012. He finished third here last year for Mercedes.

Rosberg’s record at Canada, by contrast, has not achieved anywhere near the same heights.

He failed to score in Canada in his three starts here for Williams and has come fifth once (2013) and sixth twice (2010 and 2012) since joining the Mercedes factory squad.

So a podium for the German here, and you’d have to expect it’s coming given the Mercedes’ outright pace advantage this year, would be his first at this circuit.

“Montreal is one of my favorite venues,” Rosberg said in the team’s advance release. “It’s a beautiful but also crazy city where there is always a lot happening: particularly in the evenings… it’s a great place to celebrate a good result, shall we say! That’s what I’ll be aiming for again this weekend.”

We’ll see if his results match his expectations. A podium would be nice, but he’ll have to go through his teammate – per usual – if he wants to stay atop the heap at the end of the weekend.

  1. worknman24hours - Jun 3, 2014 at 3:52 PM

    The question here is can Lewis Hamilton drive Canada without breaking his car at the Wall of Champions.

    Nico will be pushing hard so let’s hope he does’nt push Lewis right out of his competitive comfort zone.

    Should be fun to watch.

    It’ll likely be the only race on track anyway.

    The Mercedes racing series comes to Canada.

    Just like the last four years with Red Bull.

    Gee,I wonder what teams cars will win the race?

  2. worknman24hours - Jun 3, 2014 at 4:27 PM

    I don’t know where to post this so I’ll post it here.

    We still hold a place in our hearts for Michael Schumacher and his family as they work together to try and bring Michael back from the terrible injuries he has suffered.

    We know they have’nt given up hope and neither have we.

    Michael,we know you are there,we miss you and we hope the Good Lord brings you home to your family better and to the world healthy.

    You can do it Shumy,we know you can.

    God Bless You and Your Family.

  3. lewymp4 - Jun 3, 2014 at 5:04 PM

    worknman24hours…..As far as Nico pushing Lewis out of his comfort zone, especially at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal is highly unlikely, considering his history. Throughout the years Lewis has avoided the Wall of Champions, and let’s hope that tradition conditions. I can remember one year whereas Nico was having a problem, and made several attempt’s at trying to add his name on the Wall of Champions.

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