Formula One: Mercedes delays introduction of new engine

Christopher Davidson
June 9, 2018

Hamilton has 64 victories from 214 races and is second in the all-time list behind seven-times world champion Michael Schumacher (91).

Mercedes has postponed the introduction of its new Formula 1 engine, after a last minute quality issue emerged on the eve of the Canadian Grand Prix.

Tyre supplier Pirelli has nominated the Hypersoft (pink), Ultrasoft (purple) and Supersoft (red) tyres for this weekend's event. As with Schumacher before him, he looks to have mastered heavy braking and acceleration on the circuit's long straightaways that lead into tight chicanes.

That display of emotion confirmed Hamilton's unchallenged supremacy in Montreal, but he faces a much more hard challenge from rivals this weekend as the leading teams take their scheduled revised second engines of the season.

Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen was 0.13 seconds slower, followed by Verstappen's Red Bull teammate and Monaco victor Daniel Ricciardo.

The 33-year-old Briton, who loves spending time in North America where he has additionally won the United States Grand Prix four times, arrived in Montreal on Tuesday night after visiting California, reportedly to check on his dogs Roscoe and Coco, and NY.

Ricciardo's win in Monaco came in Red Bull's 250th start.

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It means then that opportunities await for all midfield teams and the unique demands could see a shake-up in the competitive order.

Mercedes are 22 points ahead of Ferrari in the constructors' championship. "And on a track like Montreal, the effects are even greater".

Vettel's sole Montreal win has been backed up by three pole positions at the circuit, achieved in 2011, 2012 and 2013, while Alonso is the only other polesitter on the current grid, accrued in 2006.

However, not all the drivers from the Renault-powered Red Bull, Renault and McLaren teams may get the upgrade, depending on how taking it would affect their closeness to penalties for excessive engine usage.

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.

Canadian Lance Stroll scored his first points in F1 in Canada past year. Instead of that, we'll use the new one in Budapest.

From the midfield, expect Esteban Ocon, Carlos Sainz, and Pierre Gasly to put in a strong performance and complete our quintet.

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