N after the procession of Monte-Carlo, Lewis Hamilton stuck on Thursday (June 7th, 2018) in Montreal in the morning directly back in traffic. The journalists in the Mercedes pavilion had to wait 15 minutes until the Briton was finally ready for Question Time. The most important topic of the day was the postponed engine upgrade that was actually announced for the race in Canada.
Hamilton sees Mercedes at a disadvantage
'The guys worked hard and gave everything , but in the end we had to make the sensible decision, ”the world champion shrugged his shoulders with little enthusiasm. When checking the new units, deviations of 0.02 millimeters were found on the crankcase. The problem could not be solved in the short time.
Hamilton did not like the fact that Mercedes now has to compete with old equipment on a power track like Montreal of all places. “It is now the seventh race with the same engine. With increasing mileage you lose more and more power. The negative effects are all the greater on a circuit like Montreal. ”
The six-time Canada winner expects strong resistance from Ferrari in particular. “If Ferrari comes here with a fresh engine that also delivers even more power, then that should certainly bring one to two tenths. It will be a difficult task to keep up with them. It is not yet possible to say whether we will succeed. As a driver I will of course try everything again. ”
Montreal is one of Hamilton's special circuits. Only Michael Schumacher was able to triumph more often on the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve. “You have to be aggressive over the curbs here, always close to the walls and you have to trust the car. The track is not difficult, but it is easy. ”In addition to his own ability, Hamilton sees another trump card:“ Above all, I rely on our reliability. In the first six races with this engine, I saved mileage wherever possible. That should help. '
Can Mercedes cope with hypersoft tires?
Team-mate Valtteri Bottas is not that pessimistic about the disadvantage of the old engine. “The new engine would only have been a little stronger anyway. And it's not that our first engine was bad. He has proven to be very reliable. He is in a healthy state. And he would have another assignment in Budapest anywayhad. We will now use the new engine there. Now that's a minor disadvantage here. But we have to live with that. ”
In addition to the engine, the use of the very soft hypersoft tires is also a bit of a concern. In Monaco, Mercedes did not get along with the pink Pirelli rubber. 'We know what caused the excessive wear,' said Hamilton. “We're going to convert the car here so that it doesn't happen again. But Monaco was our worst track with Singapore anyway. If I had been told beforehand that I would be third and only lose a few points, I would have taken that. ”