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Lewis Hamilton Q&A: Anyone could win in Montreal 07 Jun 2012

Lewis Hamilton (GBR) McLaren.
Formula One World Championship, Rd6, Monaco Grand Prix, Race Day, Monte-Carlo, Monaco, Sunday, 27 May 2012 Lewis Hamilton (GBR) McLaren MP4-27
Formula One World Championship, Rd6, Monaco Grand Prix, Race Day, Monte-Carlo, Monaco, Sunday, 27 May 2012 Lewis Hamilton (GBR) McLaren in the Press Conference.
Formula One World Championship, Rd6, Monaco Grand Prix, Preparations, Monte-Carlo, Monaco, Wednesday, 23 May 2012 Lewis Hamilton (GBR) McLaren MP4-27 on the grid.
Formula One World Championship, Rd6, Monaco Grand Prix, Race Day, Monte-Carlo, Monaco, Sunday, 27 May 2012 Lewis Hamilton (GBR) McLaren.
Formula One World Championship, Rd5, Spanish Grand Prix, Qualifying Day, Barcelona, Spain, Saturday, 12 May 2012

Few would have bet on Pastor Maldonado winning a Grand Prix before Lewis Hamilton, but such is the unpredictability of the 2012 season - unpredictability that is not lost on the McLaren star. Could Montreal finally make Hamilton victorious again? Why not? After all, he’s won here before and it’s a circuit that favours the more aggressive driver…

Q: How are you set technically for this weekend? Will you be able to become the seventh winner for the season?
Lewis Hamilton:
I think anyone can become the seventh winner this season, even the backmarkers, as it is very random this year. We have prepared in the best way possible, so we feel to be in a strong position, although we are up against some incredibly strong teams.

Q: In Monaco you seemed to have had a problem getting off the line at the start. Did you change anything?
LH:
I think we had a problem with the clutch, and I am very sure that we have rectified that.

Q: How have you changed your tyre work and the choice for this race?
LH:
As there is a lot of graining at this track and traction is a big issue, tyre wear is definitely important. With the long straights it will be tough to keep the temperature in the tyres, if the temperature drops lower than it was today. (21 degrees Celsius) But of course everyone is in the same boat.

Q: Would you rate qualifying here less important, as it is easier to overtake than on other tracks?
LH:
It is definitely important to me, and it would only be less important if you have such a wet race as we had last year, where the whole race was more like a lottery.

Q: You said last year that this is one of your favourite tracks, and not only because you won it in your first year. Can you tell us a bit more about your connection to it?
LH:
It is a track that suits an aggressive driver, especially when you keep bumping over all the kerbs and you get some wheel-to-wheel action with other drivers. As you are running low on downforce, this race is about sliding the car through the corners. It is a mix between rallying and Formula One driving, and it is really good fun.

Q: So what are the trickiest parts of this track?
LH:
The chicanes are the trickiest bits, especially the first and the second one. You have to attack them, but then you have to make sure you get their exits right as well, as you will have a straight afterwards.

Q: You have never made contact with the ‘wall of champions’ here. What is the secret to being on the limit but not crashing your car?
LH:
I have not thought of this before. Now that this question is on the table it will hopefully not make me touch it, just to be able to say that I had contact. Of course I am always worried about that corner. Maybe I am not pushing hard enough! (laughs)

Q: What steps do you think need to be taken - in terms of your team and the car - for you to feel that you are progressing again and that you are able to fight for the championship?
LH:
This whole season is about the race itself and developing the car for the race Sunday. I am always pushing the guys to move forward, and they are always working as hard as they can. Even through the weekends they come up with great new ideas of how to make the car quicker. But there will be times where other teams move further ahead, and there will be times were where we will (move ahead), or catch up. Also it is about understanding the tyres in connection with the specific tracks that we are racing on.

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