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Mercedes delay engine upgrade due to 'quality issue'

Mercedes delay engine upgrade due to 'quality issue'

The decision affects also Williams and Force India as well as the works team.

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

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.

"Of course, under the VSC sometimes you benefit and sometimes you lose out - but it was clearly a problem on our side and we need to analyse that to understand what happened and correct it". It's more power sensitive so the engine can play a bigger role.

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 are now ahead of Ferrari and Red Bull Racing in both the Drivers' and Constructors' championships, but have faced a stiff challenge in all the races thus far.

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

"Following Lewis's pit stop, we believed that we had the scenarios of both the safety vehicle and the virtual safety auto covered, so that Sebastian could not pit and come out ahead of Lewis on track".

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




"It's the one I look forward to the most and I am excited to be going back home.

It's one that I've always loved driving on".

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.

But now, it emerges that Mercedes has in fact delayed the planned introduction by one race.

And it will feature two Canadians on track - second-year Williams pilot Lance Stroll of Montreal and Nicolas Latifi of Toronto, who will drive a Force India vehicle in the Friday practice only.

Stroll became the youngest rookie to make it to the podium after a third place finish in Azerbaijan Grand Prix in 2017. It will be tough to repeat his ninth place finish with the Williams team struggling to get the vehicle up to pace this season.

"As a team we didn't exploit the stronger potential we had in the auto in Monaco due to some very unfortunate errors", Lowe admitted. It may not show in terms of results but I feel like in many ways I made a big step over the winter compared to where I was previous year.

"And, it's a very long year".


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