Hamilton eyes Canada repeat

Championship leader heads back to scene of maiden F1 win

Lewis Hamilton is eagerly awaiting next weekend's Canadian Grand Prix, where he's looking to repeat his breakthrough victory in last year's race.

The Montreal success was the Briton's maiden win in Formula One, Hamilton earning it the hard way by keeping his cool following three Safety Car interventions.

The McLaren Mercedes driver is intent on putting in a repeat performance next Sunday, which he says is a strong possibility given his improvement over the last 12 months.

"Last year in Canada was one of the biggest accomplishments of my life, to take my maiden pole and victory in Formula One was incredible, even more so as it was with Vodafone McLaren Mercedes," Hamilton said.

"It would be great to go back there and do the same, and that is what we are working hard to achieve. Since then I think I've matured a lot, I think I have grown stronger as a driver and have become closer to the team."

Hamilton's strength was fully evident last Sunday in Monte Carlo where the 23-year-old put in a superb drive to clinch the victory and take the lead in the Drivers' Championship.

Dream come true

The win was a dream come true for Hamilton who, after six races, holds a three-point advantage over World Champion Kimi Raikkonen.

"As I said on Sunday, winning at Monaco is the highlight of my career, it was a very emotional victory for me as it is something I have dreamed of since I was a kid," Hamilton continued.

"I will never forget the moment, but now my only focus with the team is Canada. We have good momentum right now and we are pushing to keep that going and to keep developing."

As for the next circuit, the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Hamilton added: "It is renowned for its difficult track surfaces, particularly with tyre graining, and the walls.

"Despite being very fast, it can feel like a street circuit with the barriers very close, but it is good fun to drive at and I am looking forward to getting back there."