Hamilton adamant he's 'as strong as ever'

By on Tuesday, June 7, 2016
Mercedes AMG Petronas

Mercedes AMG Petronas

Reigning World Champion Lewis Hamilton says he is as strong as he has ever been as he bids to close the gap on Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg in the standings.

Hamilton endured a sequence of eight races without a victory until he prevailed over Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo during the most recent event in Monaco.

Hamilton's triumph enabled him to close to within 24 points of Rosberg, who opened his 2016 account with four successive wins, as the sport heads to Canada this weekend.

The upcoming Grand Prix also marks nine years since Hamilton claimed his first win in Formula 1, while racing for McLaren.

"There's a long way to go yet," Hamilton said. "We've seen from these opening six races that anything's possible and these swings inevitably go both ways.

"We are the greatest team - but we have more pressure from our rivals than ever before, so it's important we keep pulling together and refining any weak areas.

"I've proven that I'm just as strong as I've ever been and I will be for the rest of the year, so I'm looking forward to the next chapter."

Having placed only seventh in Monaco after struggling with his W07 Hybrid, Rosberg is hopeful of an upturn in form at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.

"I expected and prepared myself for some difficult races after the awesome start to the season," he explained.

"This is where experience helps me. In the last Grand Prix I hopefully got all of my bad luck out of the way in one race, so onwards and upwards again from now."

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