Mercedes postpones Canada engine upgrade

James Marshall
June 9, 2018

The circuit, renamed after local hero Gilles Villeneuve following his death in 1982, is popular with drivers, while the vibrancy of nearby Montreal enhances the experience for spectators.

Mercedes one minute 11.459 seconds.

It is good news for Ferrari, whose championship contender Sebastian Vettel will use a new engine in power-hungry Canada.

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

But Mercedes said the decision would not affect performance or reliability. "And I think if I get a few more, I'll head-butt someone".

"Happy with the progress we made today", Verstappen tweeted.

Hamilton has 64 victories from 214 races and is second in the all-time list behind seven-times world champion Michael Schumacher (91).

Hamilton said he was bewildered to find himself behind as Vettel emerged from the pits to hold on to the lead around the notoriously-restrictive Albert Park street circuit.

Teams can only use three engines per season without incurring a penalty. Naturally the upgrade would have been nice, but hopefully that will come in the next race or two. He spent most of the second practice session in the pits waiting for his team to iron out an electrical issue, and managed just 17 laps in the session.

"It was a little bit frustrating, but it doesn't seem too dramatic" of a problem, Ricciardo said. "But we're going to give it everything we've got, that's for sure".

"I did everything I could, but it's not what anyone expected to happen", said the Briton.

Russian rookie Sergey Sirotkin (Williams) is the only driver on the starting grid yet to score a point in his career. Sauber's Marcus Ericsson also had a spin that left him facing the wrong way on the track, but he straightened out and resumed. Former champions McLaren and Williams have not won since 2012.

Stroll earned his first F1 points at the Canadian Grand Prix previous year.

The race takes place Sunday in Montreal. "It's one that I've always loved driving on".

Southern Ontario last hosted the Grand Prix in 1977, when Bowmanville Ontario's Mosport Park was the site for the F1 auto race.

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

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