Canada a 'major wake-up call' for Mercedes

Doug Mendoza
June 12, 2018

Mercedes had been due to introduce a power unit upgrade in Montreal but a "quality issue" saw it pushed back until the French Grand Prix, and Bottas says the Ferrari advantage highlights the importance of receiving the new engine.

"We fall behind in every aspect. This is a track where we should have maximised points - it is not about damage limitation for us".

The Scuderia Ferrari driver secured the Italian team's first pole position around the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve since Michael Schumacher in 2001, with Vettel putting in an incredible lap time in an intense qualifying session. When being passed by Hartley on the outside of a turn, Stroll lost control and came into contact with Hartley who was then sandwiched between Stroll and a wall.

"From the start I was down on power and my engine was saying that it was over temperature and I couldn't get them down", he continued. "There's a long way to go in the season so I am not bothered about the title now, but it's a good side effect for me".

Both men were taken to the medical centre and, following some concern about Hartley, he was taken to the nearby hospital for further checks.

"There's not one single reason why we haven't performed like we should but certainly all of us in the team are aware that based on the findings of Abu Dhabi we were guided in the wrong direction", he said.

There's much more scope for overtaking in Canada than there is at most Grands Prix, so Hamilton could still get on the podium or better if he does well on Sunday, but he'll need to find the kind of pace his rivals displayed so readily here.

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However, its boss William Storey has now claimed that a formal offer was made in April, and that a deal is close to being concluded with shareholders Vijay Mallya, the Sahara Group, and Michiel Mol. Hartley went to hospital for precautionary tests but the team said he was OK.

"It's no secret that they've been interested, but so have other people", he told Motorsport.com. "I'm the opposite of confident moving forward".

"We've not been instructed about anything yet".

The Silver Arrows' struggles on the compound come after they did very little running on the tyre when it first appeared in the end of season test in Abu Dhabi.

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Meanwhile, qualifying didn't start as planned for Romain Grosjean. "The celebrity was not to blame", FIA race director Charlie Whiting said. It doesn't quite fit well in the helmet.

"I don't know, I haven't seen much of the times of the others so it's hard to read yet".

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