Mercedes Confirm Engine Upgrade Ahead Of Canadian Grand Prix

Cristina Cross
June 10, 2018

A quality issue meant Mercedes had to postpone the introduction of its second power unit of the season this weekend, resulting in Hamilton using the same engine he has used at all six races up to now. "But we also know that the battle is fiercer, with ourselves, Ferrari and Red Bull in the contention for race wins every weekend; there is not a moment to relax".

Mercedes' decision will also affects Force India and Williams, who will have to stick with the engines that they have been using since the start of the season.

The biggest being the tyres, as the same Hypersoft, Ultrasoft and Supersoft compounds used in Monaco will be available again in Canada.

Toto Wolff announced days ago that "all the Mercedes powered cars" in the field will use the new engine in Montreal.

Meanwhile, Rival engine manufacturers Honda and Renault are pressing ahead with planned power-unit upgrades this weekend. This was because, new parts were required to fix an engine problem that the Australian suffered in Monaco.

The video, published on Tuesday, June 5, pages Scuderia Ferrari, says: "We are ready to Montreal".

Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel, of Germany, waits as mechanics work on his vehicle during the second practice session at the Canadian Grand Prix, Friday, June 8, 2018, in Montreal.

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Also, there will be focus on engine upgrades and what's going on with Pirelli's hyper-soft tires.

The big loser could well be McLaren who have been the slowest in a straight line throughout this year and are unlikely to make up that deficit in other areas.

Sauber and Williams will continue to linger towards the back but have shown they can get drivers on the fringes of the top 10 when running well.

Stroll stepped up to Formula 1 with Williams previous year to become the first Canadian on the grid since Jacques Villeneuve departed the scene mid-2006.

Bottas played down the delay to the new engine, saying it would have been only "a small gain compared to the old one" anyway.

Sebastian Vettel got the jump on world champion Lewis Hamilton as Mercedes blundered their calculations on the Ferrari ace's pit stop under Virtual Safety Car (VSC) conditions.

They said that the engine was not doing more miles than intended.

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