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Mercedes delay engine upgrade due to 'quality issue'

Hamilton seeks to extend his lead with a record-equalling seventh triumph at Canadian Grand Prix Hamilton seeks to extend his lead with a record-equalling seventh triumph at Canadian Grand Prix
Noah Ferguson | 11 June, 2018, 01:41

Under the 2018 regulations, drivers are only allowed three power units per season.

Valtteri Bottas insists Mercedes' last-minute decision to delay the introduction of a new spec power unit for this weekend is nothing more than a "small penalty" for the team's Canadian Grand Prix chances.

The switch would have delivered a welcome boost thanks to the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve being a power-critical track.

The Mercedes engines are the most powerful on the grid with Ferrari coming a close second after making a significant step forward from last season. He has won before in Montreal, in 2013 with Red Bull, and was unlucky that a tactical error undid Ferrari's strategy with him in 2016. They had originally planned to introduce significant upgrades for this weekend's Canadian Grand Prix.

"We wanted to use the second power unit this weekend, but a quality problem means we've moved it to the French grand prix", a spokesman is quoted as saying by the German media. "We are pushing hard to bring more performance to the vehicle as soon as possible".

"We can see that we are in a stronger position in both championships than we were 12 months ago", the Mercedes chief added. Ferrari ought to know Montreal by now, seeing as how the city has hosted every Canadian Grand Prix for the last 40 years.

However, Wolff admits that their domination in the past will not guarantee a favorable result, especially since Mercedes have struggled to generate performance on the softer compound tires this season.

"There are certain circuits that will suit you more than another place and this has been one of those circuits for me".

"Naturally, I am still here to win, we're going to give it everything we've got that's for sure".

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