Lewis Hamilton said he was “excited” on Sunday after claiming his second podium of the season with a strong third place ahead of Mercedes teammate George Russell at the Canadian Grand Prix.
The seven-time world champion, who on Friday complained that his car was “undriverable”, said his success was rejuvenating.
“I’m back to feeling young again,” said Brittany, 37, who suffers from severe back pain and was struggling to get out of his car after the Azerbaijan Grand Prix in Baku last week.
“Honestly, I’m excited,” he said at Circuit Giles Villanueva.
“I did not expect to come this weekend. This is my second podium of the year and it looks really special – especially the one where I won my first Grand Prix.
“I like it here in Montreal.”
Hamilton claimed his first F1 win in Montreal in 2007 and has a combined record of seven wins in the Canadian race.
“We have such a wonderful crowd here this weekend. Achieving this third place has been honestly overwhelming as there has been so much struggle for cars and teams this year.
“But we have continued to be vigilant and focused and have never given up. It’s something I’m very proud of and I’m inspired by my crew.
“So a big voice and thank you to all the team, men and women, back in the factory and here on the circuit. They all work hard. “
Team boss Toto Wolfe said Hamilton and Russell showed speed in the race and they were running with “different drag levels”.
“Now I think we need to develop the car in a different window than we had. We haven’t got it right in many areas, but we have a problem. “
Both Hamilton and Russell said their problems with bouncing and ‘porpoising’ were much less serious this weekend.