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.

Dutch Grand Prix becomes fourth Formula 1 race canceled this season

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ZANDVOORT, Netherlands — The Dutch Grand Prix became the fourth Formula One race canceled this season because of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, after organizers decided Thursday they didn’t want to play host to an event without spectators.

It was to be the first Dutch GP since 1985, but F1 wants to start the season with no spectators at races.

“We would like to celebrate this moment, the return of Formula 1 in Zandvoort, together with our racing fans in the Netherlands,” race director Jan Lammers said in a statement. “We ask everyone to be patient. I had to look forward to it for 35 years, so I can wait another year.”

The race in Zandvoort was set for May 3 and initially postponed. Fans who bought tickets can use them next year.

The coastal circuit has been redesigned, with some corners banked to facilitate faster racing.

The other races canceled this year were the season-opening Australian GP on March 15; the Monaco GP on May 24; and the French GP on June 28.

Another six have been postponed.

F1 organizers still hope to reschedule those and hold 15 to 18 races this season, starting in July with back-to-back races at the Austrian GP.