Mercedes postpones Canada engine upgrade

Cesar Mills
June 10, 2018

Lewis Hamilton could be in for another highly emotional and pivotal Canadian Grand Prix weekend as the Formula One world champion targets Michael Schumacher's record of seven victories at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.

Hamilton will know he and Ferrari remain a serious threat in what is expected to be a far more entertaining affair than the boring procession in Monte Carlo, even if Kimi Raikkonen faces a potential distraction after a Canadian waitress filed a lawsuit against him for touching her inappropriately in 2016.

Mercedes are leading both championships after six races, with Lewis Hamilton 14 points clear of Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel. If I'm on the seventh race at a hard circuit on the engine I want to see it through.

The delay is a blow to defending four-time champion Hamilton as he bids to claim a record-equalling seventh win at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve and extend his lead in the drivers championship.

Mercedes, closest rivals Ferrari and Red Bull have each won two races so far.

Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo in action during the race.

"For sure the new one would have been a little bit better, but it's not like our old engine, Phase One, is a bad engine". "It was waiting, waiting, waiting and eventually we got out".

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Sauber and Williams will continue to linger towards the back but have shown they can get drivers on the fringes of the top 10 when running well. This season he is the only driver to not have been beaten by his colleague in qualifying sessions.

Stroll stepped up to Formula 1 with Williams a year ago to become the first Canadian on the grid since Jacques Villeneuve departed the scene mid-2006.

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

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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