Formula One

 
             === Hamilton, Rosberg rivalry continues in Canada ===
 
 Montreal,  QC (SportsNetwork.com) - Mercedes teammates Lewis Hamilton and Nico
 Rosberg  claim they have resolved their differences from Monaco two weeks ago,
 and both drivers are looking forward to this weekend's Canadian Grand Prix.
 
 There has been growing tension between Hamilton and Rosberg during the season,
 and  it reached a  new height in the Monaco Grand Prix. Rosberg started on the
 pole and led all 78 laps to win the Monaco GP for the second year in a row.
 
 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.
 
 06/06 16:59:20 ET

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