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18:25  12 june  2019
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Lewis Hamilton 'in headmaster's office' after Canada practice crash

Lewis Hamilton 'in headmaster's office' after Canada practice crash Mercedes Formula 1 driver Lewis Hamilton has described his Canadian Grand Prix practice crash as an "innocent mistake", that left him feeling like he was "in the headmaster's office" . Hamilton, who had set the pace in the opening Friday practice ahead of team-mate Valtteri Bottas, lost control on the exit of the Turn 8/9 chicane while on an early medium tyre run. He slid off into the outside wall, making contact with his right-rear tyre - and while he then successfully brought his W10 back to the pits despite the damage, Mercedes was forced to change the rear suspension and he did not rejoin for the rest of the session.

Bottas says that his slump in Canada was a " wake - up call " in the fight for the 2019 world championship. Bottas ' qualifying efforts in Q3 were knocked “ I can’t afford these kind of weekends if I ’m going to fight for the title . So it’s not ideal but I have to move on. Maybe a bit of a wake - up call

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Bottas: Canada weekend a 'wake-up' call in F1 title bid © Dan Mullan/Getty Images Sport F1 Grand Prix of Canada - Qualifying

Valtteri Bottas says his Canadian Grand Prix weekend proved a “wake-up call” in his bid to fight for this year’s world championship, insisting he can’t afford many more slip ups.

Bottas lost further ground to team-mate and current championship leader Lewis Hamilton in Montreal, the Briton extending his lead to 29 points in the drivers’ standings.

While Hamilton inherited a controversial victory after Sebastian Vettel’s five-second time penalty, Bottas finished off the podium for the first time this season in fourth.

The Finn’s weekend was hampered by errors on his two qualifying runs in Q3 that saw him occupy sixth on the grid for Sunday’s race, as well as being frustrated whilst battling Daniel Ricciardo’s Renault.

Vettel snatches Canadian GP pole from Hamilton

Vettel snatches Canadian GP pole from Hamilton Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel clinched his first pole of the 2019 Formula 1 season, narrowly beating championship leader Lewis Hamilton in qualifying for the Canadian Grand Prix. Charles Leclerc rounded out the top three ahead of Daniel Ricciardo, who qualified in fourth to seal Renault’s best qualifying result since returning to F1 as a manufacturer team. In the battle for pole, Hamilton seized the advantage after the first runs in Q3, posting a 1m10.493s benchmark to beat Vettel by 0.1s. Hamilton marginally improved on his second and final lap. However, Vettel propelled his Ferrari to a 1m10.246s time to clinch his first pole since the 2018 German Grand Prix.

Valtteri Bottas concedes his damage limitation performance at the Canadian Grand Prix following his qualifying mistakes was poor and wants to use the experience as a wake - up call to his own Formula 1 world title ambitions. After making mistakes in Q3 of qualifying, meaning he could only manage a time

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“I still felt really good in Q1 and Q2, in Q2 I had a clear idea of how to improve and where to improve, and I was really confident,” said Bottas, as quoted by

“Then it really came down to a silly mistake that meant I lost quite a few points, which is obviously annoying. I can’t really afford many of these type of weekends if I want to fight for the title. I have to move on.

“Maybe it was a bit of a wake-up call again. I’m sure I can always learn from that. For me, thoughts are already on the French Grand Prix.”

Bottas has failed to win any of the last three grand prix’s since triumphing in Baku in April, seeing his early-season momentum evaporate.

Asked if the pressure of the title battle was beginning to get to him, Bottas replied: “No, I have no pressure. I am very happy about the situation and how everything’s been going since the beginning of the year.

“I’m enjoying it. I made one mistake [in qualifying]. Maybe at the end I was trying too much to recover that. That can happen.

“I wouldn’t say anything from the last couple of races was anything to do with pressure. I don’t think that [wilting under the pressure] is going to happen.”

Wolff: Mercedes will do everything to ensure Bottas is in a 'good place'.
Mercedes will do “everything” it can to ensure driver Valtteri Bottas is in a “good place”, insists team boss Toto Wolff. Bottas came off the back of a miserable 2018 campaign – where he failed to win a single race – to mark his best-ever start to a Formula 1 season after eight rounds this year. The Finn scored victories at the season-opener in Melbourne and in Baku in April but has seen momentum slip in recent races, falling to a 36-point deficit to team-mate Lewis Hamilton in the championship standings. Asked if Hamilton’s run of four victories on the trot may have broken Bottas’ fighting spirit, Wolff said, as quoted by Crash.

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