F1 Video: 2011 Canadian Grand Prix hopes of Hamilton

PUBLISHED: 21:16 09 June 2011 | UPDATED: 09:51 12 June 2011

Lewis Hamilton celebrates winning the 2007 Canadian Grand Prix in Montreal [Picture courtesy of www.mclaren.com]

Lewis Hamilton celebrates winning the 2007 Canadian Grand Prix in Montreal [Picture courtesy of www.mclaren.com]

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FORMULA 1 driver Lewis Hamilton has spoken about his hopes for this weekend's 2011 Canadian Grand Prix in an exclusive Vodafone McLaren Mercedes video.

The 26-year-old Herts-born F1 star goes in first practice around the awesome, walled Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Canada tomorrow (Friday) afternoon.

Hamilton, sixth in last month’s Monaco race, has a good track record in Montreal, having claimed his first F1 victory there in 2007 and won again in North America last year.

The 2008 world champion from Herts said: “Our car should be well suited to this track; we have a great engine, the best KERS Hybrid system in the sport and excellent traction out of slow corners.

“I’ll be looking for a strong result on Sunday.”

Hamilton led a McLaren one-two in Montreal last year, with team-mate Jenson Button taking the second step on the podium.

Button is looking to go one better in Sunday’s grand prix, which starts at 6pm British Summer Time.

“I had a good race in Montreal last year – the car was great in the race and I was able to pull off some nice moves to score our third one-two of the year for the team,” said Button.

“I’ve never won in north America and I think we have the pace, the development and the momentum to have a good shot at changing that next weekend. I’m really looking forward to it.”

McLaren boss Martin Whitmarsh is hoping for a repeat of 2010, with both his men on the podium.

“The Circuit Gilles Villeneuve has been the scene of some very dramatic and exciting memories for Vodafone McLaren Mercedes – Lewis’s victories in 2007 and 2010 and Jenson’s brilliant pass on Fernando Alonso to secure second last year all stick in the mind.

“It’s been a circuit where our car and engine package has traditionally excelled, and I’m hopeful of another exciting race for the team next weekend.”

Hamilton enters the race 58 points behind championship leader Sebastian Vettel.

* Video courtesy of Vodafone McLaren Mercedes.

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