Mercedes delay engine upgrade due to 'quality issue'

Mindy Sparks
June 9, 2018

Vettel, meanwhile, played down any advantage he might have.

The 2013 race was more about the midfield making into the points and challenging for the podium than it was about the victor.

Mercedes also typically struggle to extract the same level of performance from softer tyres than their rivals and have been more conservative in their approach with just five sets of Hypersoft and five Ultrasoft, compared to eight and three sets respectively for both Ferrari and Red Bull.

Formula 1 makes its annual sojourn across the Atlantic to Montreal for the Canadian Grand Prix, land of poutine, maple syrup and Mounties. "So all Mercedes-powered cars will be running PU1 for this weekend, too, before receiving new units in France".

The blind medium-speed Turn 5 leads drivers straight into Turn 6, a 90-degree left-hander that requires a tight line in order not to compromise Turn 7, ostensibly a right-hand acceleration zone where drivers can easily be sucked into the narrow strip of grass - and brush the concrete wall.

That display of emotion confirmed Hamilton's unchallenged supremacy in Montreal, but he faces a much more hard challenge from rivals this weekend as the leading teams take their scheduled revised second engines of the season.

"Didn't have any problems", said Hamilton, who leads the championship standings by 14 points over Vettel and 38 over Ricciardo.

Lewis Hamilton is concerned he won't be able to fight for victory at this weekend's Canadian Grand Prix after learning a planned engine upgrade has been delayed until the French Grand Prix.

It means then that opportunities await for all midfield teams and the unique demands could see a shake-up in the competitive order.

The race for the points by Force India's Paul Di Resta and Ferrari's Felipe Massa were undoubtedly one of the highlights of the race.

"There's some tricks to the track, but it's a great track, there's a lot of over taking possibilities, so it is a good show."

Asked about Ferrari's engine upgrade for Canada, which debuted in the back of the Haas and Sauber in Monaco, Vettel added: "It's always been the plan, so let's see".

It will also be the 300th career F1 race for Spanish star Fernando Alonso, the two-time world champion now driving for McLaren.

Stroll became the youngest rookie to make it to the podium after a third place finish in Azerbaijan Grand Prix in 2017.

That is your look ahead to the possible stories to follow this weekend in Canada.

From the midfield, expect Esteban Ocon, Carlos Sainz, and Pierre Gasly to put in a strong performance and complete our quintet.

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