Title-chasing Hamilton returns to happy hunting ground at Canadian Grand Prix

Title-chasing Hamilton returns to happy hunting ground at Canadian Grand Prix

Hamilton is looking to equal Michael Schumacher's record of seven Canadian Grand Prix wins.

Formula 1 makes its annual sojourn across the Atlantic to Montreal for the Canadian Grand Prix, land of poutine, maple syrup and Mounties.

The biggest being the tyres, as the same Hypersoft, Ultrasoft and Supersoft compounds used in Monaco will be available again in Canada.

The Scuderia could also face a reduced threat from Red Bull as their auto is likely to be less suited on the long straights, though will be strong in the many heavy braking zones.

This is only the third time in Formula One history that three teams have shared the first six races equally.

"Naturally I'm still here to win but, as I said, if they've got upgrades on their engines, which are going to be a tenth to two tenths, Ferrari are particularly very strong on the straights, it'll be interesting to see if we are able to match them or not".

"Didn't have any problems", said Hamilton, who leads the championship standings by 14 points over Vettel and 38 over Ricciardo.

Schumacher, Vettel, Damon Hill, Jacques Villeneuve and Jenson Button are just some of the names to have left their mark over the years.

The race for the points by Force India's Paul Di Resta and Ferrari's Felipe Massa were undoubtedly one of the highlights of the race.

However, on arrival in Canada, the team confirmed the upgrade would be delayed until the French Grand Prix in two weeks' time.

It will be a big weekend at the track, which is celebrating the 40th anniversary of the event's move to the island circuit across from downtown Montreal.

Vettel's sole Montreal win has been backed up by three pole positions at the circuit, achieved in 2011, 2012 and 2013, while Alonso is the only other polesitter on the current grid, accrued in 2006.

Meanwhile, rivals Ferrari, Renault and Honda are all due to bring updates to their power units this weekend and rival drivers from Ferrari and Red Bull are expected to start the race with fresh engines.

Sauber and Williams will continue to linger towards the back but have shown they can get drivers on the fringes of the top 10 when running well. Ferrari ought to know Montreal by now, seeing as how the city has hosted every Canadian Grand Prix for the last 40 years.

"They'll be hard to beat", the Australian said.



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