Lewis Hamilton is hoping to further reel in World Championship leader Nico Rosberg this weekend when the F1 circuit heads to Montreal for the Canadian Grand Prix.
Hamilton finally began to make inroads into Rosberg’s lead atop the standings last time out when scooping victory in Monaco two weeks ago, his first victory of the season.
Rosberg had dominated prior to that race but his lead is now down to 24 points and Hamilton hopes to cut that deficit further this weekend.
“The race is back on for certain,” he said in the build-up to Sunday’s race. “I didn’t have much luck in the early races, but I was still able to score important points.
“I am not thinking about the championship, I am just aiming to win as many races as possible and put myself in as strong a position as possible.
‘There’s a long way to go yet. We’ve seen from these opening six races that anything’s possible and these swings inevitably go both ways.”
After winning the season’s opening four races, Rosberg’s lead at the top remains a healthy one but seventh last time out, which followed a retirement the race before, has allowed his rivals to catch up.
“It does not worry me,” he insisted. “I know I have a good car and I am racing well at the moment. I will continue to push through the season and do my best. That is all I can do.”
Having finished third in Monaco, Sergio Perez is targeting further points for the Silverstone-based Sahara Force India team in Canada.
The Mexican racer said: “It is good to be racing in North America, and although this race is a long way from my home country, I know many fans are prepared to travel.
“I had a great race in Monaco, it was a very special moment and I want to reward the team by having another good race in Montreal.”
Perez is currently ninth in the championship, one position ahead of Toro Rosso’s Daniil Kvyat who will suffer a three grid place drop this week due to his collision with Romain Grosjean in Monaco.
Carlos Sainz Jr. will drive the second Toro Rosso car looking to build on his 16 points gained so far this season, while Nico Hulkenberg needs a strong performance to boost what has been a disappointing season so far.
The German said: “I had a great race at Monaco and feel my season has started now. Last year I was preparing to race at Le Mans, but sadly I can’t do that this year as my focus is just on F1 this year.”