Lewis Hamilton seeks extra race pace after losing out in the Canadian Grand Prix

Former World Champion finishes third in Montreal

By Pete Gill.   Last Updated: 10/06/13 2:04pm

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A frustrated Lewis Hamilton has called for a step-up in race pace at Mercedes after losing out to both Sebastian Vettel and Fernando Alonso during the Canadian GP.

Although Montreal witnessed a return to form for Hamilton after his disappointing and rather lacklustre performance in Monaco, with the 2008 World Champion delivering a resounding defeat of on-song team-mate Nico Rosberg in both qualifying and the race, Hamilton's weekend ultimately ended in underwhelming fashion as the victorious Vettel sped off into the distance before Alonso overtook the Mercedes for second place.

With Hamilton's home race the next stop on the calendar, the former McLaren driver is desperate for his new team to deliver a little extra race pace before F1 arrives at Silverstone.

"We've got some improvements coming and I hope they help us in the race because that's where we are losing points," Hamilton told Sky Sports F1.

Yet while Hamilton is seeking extra pace in general, it was the W04's lack of straight-line speed compared to the Ferrari's that finally proved his undoing on Sunday around the Gilles Villeneuve Circuit. Having battled gamely to rebuff the fast-charging Alonso after the second round of pit-stops, Hamilton was forced to yield into the first corner after the F138 took the inside line.

"The Double DRS was a bit of pain in the backside because the Ferrari is so quick with the DRS. It was impossible to hold him behind and even when I got in the DRS of him it was impossible for me because I was on the limiter and I couldn't pull past him.

"I tried my best. I got close once he got past me, but he was just generally took quick for me. But you know, it's still a good result for me considering that these guys are massively quick.

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