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Hamilton's victory was his sixth at the Canadian Grand Prix, and it came 10 years after he stormed to his maiden Formula 1 win at the venue.

"If Ferrari has a fresh engine that has even more power, then that's one or two tenths and it becomes a hard task to keep up with them", said Hamilton.

"This is a power circuit, so it was our target, and it definitely would have been helpful", said Hamilton.

"Of course, under the VSC sometimes you benefit and sometimes you lose out - but it was clearly a problem on our side and we need to analyse that to understand what happened and correct it". "So at a power circuit it will probably be magnified".

The Brit is a six-time victor on this circuit and is looking for a fourth consecutive triumph on Circuit Gilles Villeneuve to draw level with F1 and Ferrari legend Michael Schumacher as a seven-time victor in North America.

However, Hamilton's title rival Sebastian Vettel is not convinced the extra mileage on the Mercedes engine will make such a big difference.

The Gilles-Villeneuve track suits Hamilton, who posted his first career win on it in 2007.

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The blind medium-speed Turn 5 leads drivers straight into Turn 6, a 90-degree left-hander that requires a tight line in order not to compromise Turn 7, ostensibly a right-hand acceleration zone where drivers can easily be sucked into the narrow strip of grass - and brush the concrete wall. It's a good one and it's still running perfectly and running reliably. "It's one that I've always loved driving on".

Red Bull driver Max Verstappen, of Netherlands, left, gets ready for the first practice session at the Formula One Canadian Grand Prix auto race in Montreal, Friday, June 8, 2018.

McLaren's Fernando Alonso is celebrating his 300th race entered, although it will be his 298th actual start.

And it will feature two Canadians on track - second-year Williams pilot Lance Stroll of Montreal and Nicolas Latifi of Toronto, who will drive a Force India auto in the Friday practice only. Ferrari ought to know Montreal by now, seeing as how the city has hosted every Canadian Grand Prix for the last 40 years. It will be tough to repeat his ninth place finish with the Williams team struggling to get the auto up to pace this season. Just as he did in the race in 2013, Massa staged another spirited finish into the points after starting the race from outside the top 10, as did Vettel, who now drove for Ferrari.

"If you look at the gaps the whole weekend, we are not yet a true match (for Mercedes)", he said. "Those are the points we have now and we have to deal with it as a team".

"But it's been very positive in my view". It's more power sensitive so the engine can play a bigger role. It's a long year.

During the Monte Carlo weekend we saw the German manufacturer struggle more than most on the new pink-striped rubber and in the race, Hamilton, in particular, suffered from graining on both the softest two compounds.



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