Hamilton, Rosberg rivalry continues in Canada

The Sports NetworkJune 6, 2014 

After the race had concluded, Rosberg and Hamilton kept their distance from each other. There were no congratulations or handshakes.

Hamilton was furious with Rosberg in qualifying for the Monaco GP when Rosberg, who held the provisional pole, ran wide and had to pull over on to an escape road. Hamilton was making his final run at the same time as his teammate's incident, but Hamilton had to slow his pace, as the yellow flags were displayed, preventing him from a possibility of winning the pole.

In Monaco, Rosberg ended Hamilton's four-race winning streak. Rosberg also reclaimed the lead in the Formula One world championship standings. He has accumulated 122 points for the season, compared to 118 for Hamilton.

"I would say that the feeling of having won Monaco is better than the feeling of leading the standings, as it means having broken the rhythm of Lewis - to put a stop to his winning streak," Rosberg said.

Both drivers have recently spoken, in hopes of resolving their issues from Monaco.

"We did talk to put that behind us," Rosberg said. "More than that, I don't want to say. I want to find a sound compromise between the interests of the fans and the team's interests, because there is always the tendency that the media blow up stories unnecessarily. Remember what frenzy was created in Monaco. We did talk about that. And now it's history."

Hamilton did note that the feud between Rosberg and him has been "overblown" by the media.

"We spoke after the race, and just like friends, we have our ups and downs," Hamilton said. "We've known each other a long, long time, so it's done and dusted. We look forward to working together to try to help this team win the constructors' championship."

Mercedes has been the dominant team this year, with Hamilton or Rosberg winning the first six grand prix and qualifying sessions.

On Friday, Fernando Alonso from Ferrari had the quickest lap in the first practice session. Alonso made a lap around Montreal's Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in 1 minute, 17.238 seconds. Hamilton was second on the charts and Rosberg third.

In the second practice session, held later in the day, Hamilton had the fastest lap in 1:16.118, followed by Rosberg's lap in 1:16.293. Sebastian Vettel from Red Bull was third in that session. Vettel, the four-time and defending F1 world champion, won last year's Canadian GP for the first time.

Hamilton is the only active driver who has multiple victories in the Canadian GP. Hamilton scored his first career F1 grand prix win and pole victory in this race in 2007. He also won in Canada in 2010 and '12. All three of those wins came when he drove for McLaren.

"I guess there are certain tracks you like more than others and this is one of those circuits I particularly like," Hamilton said. "I really like coming out to Canada, I always have a great response from the fans here."

Series: Formula One. Date: Sunday, June 8. Race: Canadian Grand Prix. Site: Circuit Gilles Villeneuve. Track: 2.709-mile (4.361-kilometer), 14-turn road course. Start Time: 2 p.m. ET. Laps: 70. Miles: 189.694 (305.270 km). 2013 Winner: Sebastian Vettel. Television: NBC.

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