Engine situation could cost Mercedes says Hamilton

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But Sky Sports have revealed that the world championship leaders Mercedes have delayed the introduction of their more powerful engine, which would have been a welcome aid at a high-speed circuit like Canada, until the French Grand Prix in mid-June. Ricciardo's first win in F1 was in Montreal in 2014.

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Mercedes' decision affects all of its teams and drivers, so in addition to factory drivers Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas, Force India's Sergio Perez and Esteban Ocon and Williams' Lance Stroll and Sergey Sirotkin will also stick with the engines they have been using since the start of the season. "So all Mercedes-powered cars will be running PU1 for this weekend, too, before receiving new units in France".

All three have won two races so far this season.

Hamilton is looking to equal Michael Schumacher's record of seven Canadian Grand Prix wins.

If that was to happen the pressure would be on Max Verstappen to put the multiple mistakes he has made in 2018 behind him and lead the charge for the Milton Keynes outfit, potentially trying to take advantage of any weakened rivals ahead.

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For his part Vettel believes Ferrari's 2018 auto is not now "a true match" for Mercedes, despite having won the first race.

"It's certainly a different circuit, quite similar to Melbourne in a way, as it's a mix of a street and a permanent track", says Carlos Sainz Jr. "And on a track like Montreal, the effects are even greater".

Asked about Ferrari's engine upgrade for Canada, which debuted in the back of the Haas and Sauber in Monaco, Vettel added: "It's always been the plan, so let's see".

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.

And it's also a crucial weekend for Renault and Honda, with the latter also introducing a new power unit that it hopes will convince Red Bull to make the switch for 2019. Don't forget throughout 2018 GiveMeSport has joined up to the new F1 fantasy game with our own public league for you to test your wits against us!

"They'll be hard to beat", the Australian said.

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