Lewis Hamilton has called his podium finish in the Canadian Grand Prix a “nice boost” heading to his home race at Silverstone in three weeks’ time.
The Briton finished 3rd in the race behind Sebastian Vettel and Fernando Alonso, but he only lost out to the Ferrari in the dying stages of the grand prix.
“The car felt fantastic today and I had good grip for the low-speed corners but we just weren’t quite on the pace of Seb and Fernando,” Hamilton said in a team statement. “I was on the maximum that I could possibly drive and we got absolutely everything out of the car today.”This video is no longer available. Click here to watch more NBC Sports videos!
Although Hamilton was disappointed to lose P2 to Alonso in the DRS zone, he feels that good foundations have been made for the British Grand Prix at the end of June.
“It would have been nice to have kept second place of course but Fernando was very quick today and it was difficult to keep him behind. I got close to taking the place back but he was just that little bit too fast.
“Still I’m very pleased with third place and it was a strong points-scoring day for the team with Nico’s fifth place as well. We’ve taken a step up in the constructors’ championship which is great for the team and gives us a nice boost going into Silverstone.”
Hamilton’s record in Montreal is so good that 3rd is in fact the first time he has finished the race any lower than 1st, having retired in 2008 and 2011.