Lewis Hamilton hoping for dry Canadian GP

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Despite qualifying in 2nd place for the Canadian Grand Prix in the wet conditions today, Lewis Hamilton is keen on the rain staying away for tomorrow’s race, believing that this will give him the best chance of challenging pole-sitter Sebastian Vettel for the win.

“The car felt great yesterday in the dry so we’ll keep our fingers crossed that the rain stays away for the race and hopefully we can give Seb a run for his money,” Hamilton said in a team statement. “We’ve got a good car and I feel like I’m on it here so let’s see what we can do tomorrow.”

Hamilton has an excellent record in Montreal, winning in 2007, 2010 and 2012, meaning that he was slightly desponded to have not scored his fourth pole position in Canada after making a mistake on his final Q3 lap.

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“It’s good to be up on the front row again but I am a little disappointed with my last lap. I was seven-tenths up going into the last corner which was really slippery and unfortunately I went straight on. I would have lost time there anyway as it was so wet but there was a chance of pole if the lap had come together.

“Tomorrow should be a good opportunity for us though.”

The 2008 world champion will be hoping to challenge Vettel in the race tomorrow, and a dry race may shed some light on how much development Mercedes have made with their tire management and quite whether they can match Red Bull for race pace.