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Montreal, Sunday – Ross: “A positive afternoon and another strong two-car finish”

Montreal, Sunday – Ross: “A positive afternoon and another strong two-car finish”

Lewis finished on the podium today at the Canadian Grand Prix with team-mate Nico taking fifth place. Lewis scored his third podium finish in seven races with the team, finishing in third position. He completed a two-stop strategy with stops on laps 19 and 48, running option/prime/prime.

Nico completed three pit-stops on laps 14, 31 and 57, running option/option/prime/prime. His third stop was precautionary after flat-spotting the right front and did not cost him track position

With a total of 25 points this afternoon, the team is now third in the Constructors' Championship

Ross notes that “it has been rare in recent seasons to have backmarkers become such a factor in a race as they were today. They played a decisive role in the final result but getting through traffic is one of the challenges that you have to tackle in Formula One.

The car performed reasonably well but we still had some anxiety about the tyre performance in the high temperatures, so we were managing the situation carefully, particularly in the opening laps of the stints. Lewis drove a very strong race although it was a shame that he could not quite hold on to second position in the closing laps.

However, that wasn't down to him but rather the fact that we still need to find a little more performance from our car to compete with Ferrari and Red Bull. Nico had a reasonably quiet race after a strong first stint and we will have to analyse if we could have made more of the car's performance today with him.

We called him in for a third stop as a precaution, because he had flat-spotted badly the right-front tyre badly and we had nothing to gain or lose in terms of track position.

Overall, a positive afternoon and another strong two-car finish that is important for our position in the Constructors' Championship.”

For Toto, “Lewis and Nico did a great job on track today and it was nice to see Lewis on the podium again. He tried to hold off Fernando towards the end of the race but the Ferrari was just too quick today.

Nico dropped back on the option tyre and our strategy didn't quite come to him this afternoon unfortunately. Looking ahead, we know that we need to keep bringing performance to the car and that Silverstone will be a bigger test for our tyre management.

But it's the second race in a row that we have had both cars in the top five and that is building a good platform in the championship. Well done, too, to Sebastian and Red Bull today: they didn't put a foot wrong all afternoon.”

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