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Charles Leclerc offers Lewis Hamilton and George Russell verdict after Canadian Grand Prix

Charles Leclerc has warned Lewis Hamilton and George Russell can “join the battle for wins” after a strong showing from Mercedes at the Canadian Grand Prix. Hamilton and Russell were closer to the frontrunners on Sunday in Montreal as the seven-time champion picked up his second podium of the season.

Leclerc was asked if Mercedes were in the fight now after securing third and fourth. The Monegasque was unable to get past the Silver Arrows after his fightback from 19th. 

Responding, Leclerc said: “I don’t know, I don’t have the full picture of the race today. But they looked strong, they looked much stronger than before.

“If they are consistently at this level they can join this battle for the wins.”

The Mercedes pair benefited from others misfortunes to capitalise on their joint best result of the season. Leclerc was forced to start at the back after taking a grid penalty for repairing engine components ahead of the race. 

Meanwhile, Sergio Perez started the race down in 13th after crashing in qualifying yesterday. However, Hamilton was still able to pass Fernando Alonso to jump into a podium position and could have challenged for more after a late race safety car. 

The result also means Russell maintains his record of finishing inside the top-five at every race this season.



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