• Canadian Grand Prix

'I never had a doubt in my mind' - Hamilton

ESPN Staff
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Lewis Hamilton: "We definitely never take it for granted" © Sutton Images

Lewis Hamilton said he never doubted that he could win the Canadian Grand Prix despite falling 14 second behind the leader at his final pit stop.

Hamilton opted for a straight-laced two-stop strategy while his rivals, Fernando Alonso and Sebastian Vettel, attempted to switch to a one-stop strategy. But Hamilton's extra pace from his fresh tyres enabled him to track down and pass the Ferrari and Red Bull to resume his lead six laps from the finish.

"I never had a doubt in my mind that there was a possibility to win," he said. "I was thinking that these guys [Vettel and Alonso] are falling quite far behind so I assumed they were doing a one-stop and I knew that I wasn't going to be able to do a one-stop. So I just kept on pushing to increase the gap."

Hamilton also had a slow final pit stop with problems at the right-rear as well as poor getaway at his first stop. However, he said he was happy with his race and the efforts of his team.

"I had a couple of problems pulling away [from the pits] - it may have been my fault, I don't know - but otherwise the pit stops were great. Finally we got some good pit stops and of course we can keep on improving in every area."

It was Hamilton's third win in Montreal after winning the first race of his career at the circuit in 2007 and another victory in 2010. He said Sunday's win felt just as good as his first.

"It's still sinking in, but it's been five years since I first won here but it feels just as good. I'm just massively proud of the team for continuing to push and I feel great to finally be here on the top step. We definitely never take it for granted and this is one of the best races I've had for a very long time."