Hamilton determined to fight back at his favorite circuit

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After losing out to teammate Nico Rosberg in Monaco last weekend, Lewis Hamilton is feeling more determined than ever to fight back as Formula 1 heads to North America for the first time in 2014.

The Canadian Grand Prix has been a favorite of Hamilton’s ever since he made his F1 debut back in 2007. He claimed his first race win at the circuit that year, and also won the 2010 and 2012 editions of the grand prix.

In fact, his third place finish at last year’s race was the first time he has seen the checkered flag in Canada and not won the race.

“Montreal is one of my favourite weekends of the year,” Hamilton explained. “It’s where I won my first grand prix back in 2007 and I’ve had another two victories there since, so it holds some special memories for me.

“The city itself is incredible. It’s one I always love to go to and there’s always a great crowd, so I’m hoping for them that the weather is good and we can put on a great show!”

In Mercedes’ grand prix preview, Hamilton reflected on his Monaco defeat, and insisted that it will only spur him on to reclaim the championship lead in Canada.

“Monaco was another great weekend for the team and I’m so proud of all the hard work the guys put in to make it happen. Of course, from a personal perspective it wasn’t what I was aiming for.

“I race to win every time and unfortunately it just wasn’t my weekend, but I drove with all my heart and gave it all I could, so I head to the next race with even more energy and determination.”

After a tenuous weekend in the Mercedes garage in Monaco, both Hamilton and Rosberg will be keen on doing their talking on the track in Canada. However, given that the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve has been something of a Hamilton stronghold, we could see a third change for the championship lead in as many races next weekend.

MRTI: Juncos signs Carlos Cunha for Pro Mazda campaign

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Juncos Racing continued to bolster its entries in the Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires by signing Carlos Cunha to pilot a third Juncos Pro Mazda entry for 2018. Cunha, who finished third in the 2017 Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda season on the back of seven podium finishes, joins Rinus VeeKay and Robert Megennis in Juncos’ Pro Mazda lineup for 2018.

Cunha previously tested with the team at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in October and joined Juncos for the Chris Griffis Memorial test at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in November, testing cars for both the Pro Mazda and Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires teams.

“It’s great to become a part of Juncos Racing,” said the 18-year-old Cunha. “I am really excited to start the 2018 season with Juncos Racing. This fall we did some testing together and from there I was able to see how focused everyone on the team is and I even felt like I became a part of their family in no time. I am confident we will get great results together next year and I look forward to learning and growing more with the team. It will be a huge pleasure and also a great responsibility to carry the number one on my car, thanks to (2017 Pro Mazda champion Victor Franzoni) and I hope to deliver it back to the team at the end of the year!”

Team owner Ricardo Juncos added, “We are excited to add Carlos to our Pro Mazda lineup. From the moment we started testing with him in early October, we knew he would be a great fit for our team. Carlos has been very quick in testing and even had an impressive showing in the Indy Lights car at the Chris Griffis test back in October. He had a great run this past season in the Pro Mazda series and we are confident he will carry that momentum into the 2018 season.”

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