Going into the race’s 2018 edition the Mercedes driver leads the drivers’ championship by 14 points – an advantage he will hope to extend on a historically fruitful circuit for the 33-year-old.
Hamilton has six wins in 10 entries at the Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve having won in North America in the last three years for the Silver Arrows.
The four-time world champion has never finished lower than third excluding the three DNFs, boasting an impressive advantage over his team-mates in that time.
He has never finished behind the man across the same garage and has out-qualified his team-mate at McLaren and Mercedes nine times from 10, only losing to Nico Rosberg in 2014.
This is the venue of Hamilton’s first ever F1 win and the Briton believes the power-hungry circuit has always suited his aggressive late-braking style.
“Each driver has strengths and weaknesses,” Hamilton explained.
“There are 21 circuits – you can’t be perfect at every single one. There are certain circuits that will suit you more than others. This has always been one of those circuits for me.
“I’ve always been very aggressive on kerbing and being close up to the wall. This is a place where you really need to utilise that confidence.
“It’s just always been a great racing circuit. It’s not the hardest of circuits but it’s been one that I have loved.
“I’m very happy to be back. It’s a great city, always buzzing about the race. There’s a lot of history here.
“I’m excited to build upon that, the history that I have here, and also to see the fans.
“I always have really great support when I come here. That’s particularly an exciting point.”
Hamilton will hope that his excellent form in Montreal cancels out the advantage that rivals Ferrari and Red Bull will carry thanks to their new engine upgrades.
Mercedes were also due to run their improved power unit but have had to delay its introduction due to concerns over its quality.