First podium in three months

– It’s quite overwhelming to take third place. It’s been a battle this season with the car and as a team, says Hamilton, and thanks those working behind the scenes.

– We are getting closer and just have to continue, he says in the interview broadcast on Viasat.

Hamilton had a good weekend in Canada.

The 37-year-old started in fourth position. After a third race he passed Fernando Alonso and finished third.

With just under 20 laps to go, the safety car gathered the drivers in the lead. Hamilton lacked the pace to keep up with Max Verstappen and chase Carlos Sainz ahead of him.

In the back seat was teammate George Russell.

Charles Leclerc snuck in behind again, who had to start from the back row due to changes to the car.

However, the Mercedes duo managed to keep the Ferrari star at a safe distance, which saw Hamilton rush to third and Russell to fourth.

RADIANT: Lewis Hamilton thanked the Montreal crowd for their support throughout the weekend after driving to his second podium of the year. Photo: CHRIS HELGREN

In front of them, Verstappen wins a tight duel with Sainz.

– The safety car didn’t help. It was really exciting at the end, says Verstappen, according to the report BBC.

– I think I would have preferred to attack instead of defending myself, but luckily it worked, he continues.

STOR LUKE: Max Verstappen significantly increased his lead in Sunday's Worlds recap.  Photo: Paul Chiasson

STOR LUKE: Max Verstappen significantly increased his lead in Sunday’s Worlds recap. Photo: Paul Chiasson

His teammate Sergio Pérez had to retire, but he is still second overall. With the victory, Verstappen gained a gap of 46 points over his teammate.

The podium is Hamilton’s first since the start of the season in Bahrain three months ago. This time both Red Bull cars broke.

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