Mercedes set for Friday call on engine update

Ruben Hill
June 22, 2018

While its rivals introduced their upgraded engines in Canada, the last minute discovery of quality control issues whilst on the dyno at Brixworth meant that Mercedes opted to stick with its old units.

Lewis Hamilton was top of the time-sheets, celebrating a flawless start to his French Grand Prix race weekend by out-driving his team-mate by 0.140s.

His Finnish team mate Valtteri Bottas, also with a new Mercedes engine in his auto, was second fastest in 1:32.371 as France made its return to the F1 calendar for the first time since 2008.

However, Hamilton would then need to use the "spec 1" for several forthcoming races, as drivers are only allowed to use three different engines per season. "This one is seven races old, and we are very much wanting to run the new one, but this we need to confirm tomorrow if we can or not. Engine performance has never been a problem for us", Hamilton said.

"We all hope we can get the new one", he admitted. "To be the one raising the flag, hopefully against the German flag, just like we are hoping the England football team does against Germany, is an honour and a privilege".

"It's more hard to know what to expect here than on any other track, as we've never been properly here with the other teams at the same time and on the same circuit layout". "I think I might have one of my new engines out of my three, which is good enough".

"The fact that we've been competitive so far in most of the recent races makes us quite confident for the next ones".

"The engine that we've used for the first seven races has been a great engine", he added. It is still my routine to go training during the day and I play for one or two hours in the evening. and I find it very useful. And so I personally am not concerned.

"We've done the seven races with great power and great performance until now so if we are to take the old spec I'm not anxious about it". "This is a big gain and we really need it".

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