Lewis Hamilton concerned Mercedes engine setback could ruin victory chances in Canada


Ferrari is apparently preparing for this weekend's Canadian Grand Prix, which is in Montreal, by having no idea where or what Montreal is.

"This is a power circuit, so it was our target, and it definitely would have been helpful", said Hamilton.

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.

Mercedes engines are used not only by the factory race team, but also by the Force India and Williams teams.

The Silver Arrows now lead both the drivers and constructors championships after six races. Naturally it's degraded, you lose horsepower over races.

However, a "quality issue" forced the team to abandon its debut until the French Grand Prix later this month, despite this, Bottas believes it won't hinder Mercedes' performance.

"Each driver has their strengths and weaknesses and there are 21 circuits it is impossible to be flawless at every one".

"I've always enjoyed racing in Montreal".

It will be a big weekend at the track, which is celebrating the 40th anniversary of the event's move to the island circuit across from downtown Montreal.

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The defending four-time champion, who leads nearest rival and fellow four-time champion Sebastian Vettel by 14 points after six races, claimed his maiden Formula One win at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in 2007.

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

"It's been a frustrating start for all of us", said Stroll.

The new DRS zone for the Canadian Grand Prix will be between turn 7 and 8 and F1 executives hope that it will liven up the racing action.

"Therefore at this point we know that we are not yet where we want to be, because we want to be fastest".

"I've enjoyed some great races in Canada and I won there in 2006, so it's a special place for me".

"But it's been very positive in my view". I'm looking forward to the rest of the season.

During the Monte Carlo weekend we saw the German manufacturer struggle more than most on the new pink-striped rubber and in the race, Hamilton, in particular, suffered from graining on both the softest two compounds.