Hamilton blow as Mercedes postpone new engine in Canada

  • Hamilton blow as Mercedes postpone new engine in Canada

Hamilton blow as Mercedes postpone new engine in Canada

Under the regulations, each driver has three engines, turbos and MGU-Hs to last a whole season before incurring grid penalties and two MGU-Ks, energy stores and control electronics.

Lewis Hamilton's Mercedes team have postponed the planned introduction of a new upgraded engine at this weekend's (June 9/10) Canadian Grand Prix due to reliability concerns.

Mercedes' decision will also affects Force India and Williams, who will have to stick with the engines that they have been using since the start of the season.

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

The Canadian Grand Prix takes place Sunday in Montreal.

A team spokesman said: "Although we had hoped to introduce PU2 this weekend, a quality issue means that this has now been delayed by one race".

"We can see that we are in a stronger position in both championships than we were 12 months ago", the Mercedes chief added.

The double World Champion can count himself among the Canadian Grand Prix winners, however, it has been four years since last he even scored a point in Montreal.

However, Wolff admits that their domination in the past will not guarantee a favorable result, especially since Mercedes have struggled to generate performance on the softer compound tires this season.

Hamilton's pole success previous year enabled him to equal three-time champion Ayrton Senna's record of 65 pole positions, a feat that saw him presented by the Senna family with a helmet worn by the great Brazilian.

"We will need to make sure we get the most from all the tyre compounds, including the Hypersoft, if we want to come out on top this weekend", he said.