Mercedes have been forced to delay an engine upgrade that was scheduled for this weekend’s Canadian Grand Prix, due to a “quality issue”, meanwhile rivals Ferrari, Renault and Honda all brought new specs this weekend.
Old-spec engine performance much affected Mercedes in the Canadian GP qualifying, Hamilton admitted to some concerns on Friday that it could cost them this weekend.
Hamilton’s team-mate Valtteri Bottas came up short on pole position in Canada by just 0.093s to Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel and means he got everything out of the car
Speaking following the qualifying, the reigning champion seemed disheartened with his performance.
“It was just a difficult session,” he said.
“Just the laps weren’t good laps. Our race pace was quite good yesterday. Just today didn’t come together.
“I don’t think it was anything to do with the engine.”
Hamilton was asked whether the Ferrari’s were in reach on Sunday.
But the Mercedes ace wasn’t keen to discuss his chances of catching Vettel in Montreal.
“Listen I haven’t looked into to be honest,” he continued.
“I think it was all quite close between us but they did a better job today. And that’s the way it is.”
Bottas also claims that Mercedes possibily take pole at Canada, if it was running with upgraded-engine.
“Qualifying wise, obviously it was close with Ferrari, it’s always annoying when it’s so close and you’re not ahead. Anyway, I’m stating from the front row, it’s good for the race and I’m happy.
“Obviously everything with the new engines, the numbers we have, they are just theory, but there would have been gains and I think it would have been a closer fight for pole position with that engine. We’ll get it later, anyway, so it’s all good.”
Vettel is winless from the last four races but he is now in a strong position to ensure that does not extend to five rounds after edging out Bottas by just eight hundredths of a second.
“I got the job done,” Vettel said. “Yesterday we were in trouble in practice as I wasn’t really happy with the car because we had some problems and I couldn’t get the rhythm.
“But today we switched on. The car was incredible, and it just kept getting quicker.”