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Hamilton expected Mercedes PU to die in Canadian GP

Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton has admitted he expected his power unit to die during the Canadian Grand Prix after experiencing problems within the first ten laps of the race.

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Lewis Hamilton waves to fans before the Canadian Grand Prix.

Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton has admitted he expected his power unit to die during the Canadian Grand Prix after experiencing problems within the first ten laps of the race.

Hamilton reported to the team on Lap 7 of the race that he was having inconsistencies with the power output from his Mercedes unit.

The defending Formula 1 World Champion said that he suffered from engine overheating issues throughout the race too.

“I couldn’t get the temperatures down, so I just thought it was going to fail,” Hamilton said to media after the race, where he finished in a lowly P5.

Hamilton was not running a new specification power unit in Canada as the introduction of Mercedes’ upgrades has been delayed to next fortnight’s French Grand Prix.

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Lewis Hamilton on-track in Montreal, with Kimi Raikkonen in the background.

This left him to run a power unit mostly comprised of parts that have been in use since the season-opening Australian Grand Prix.

“Every single lap I was waiting for the power to just drop away and disappear,” Hamilton said.

Hamilton ran most of the first stint in fourth but dropped back to fifth after being overcut by Daniel Ricciardo during the pit stops.

After leading from start to finish, Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel won the Canadian Grand Prix.

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Hamilton’s team-mate at Mercedes, Valtteri Bottas, finished the Grand Prix in P2.

The result cost Hamilton the lead of this year’s championship, with Vettel inheriting a one-point advantage.

“Ferrari have been doing a slightly better job and brought a better package,” Hamilton said.

Vettel’s win in Canada was the 50th of his career.

It was Ferrari’s first win in Montreal since Michael Schumacher took top honours in 2004.

“The season is still so long and there are many races ahead,” Vettel said.

Hamilton was pleased to have finished the race in Canada and said he “could have lost a lot more points today.”

Steven Walton is an 18-year-old Journalism Student at the Ara Institute of Canterbury. He previously attended St Andrew's College in Christchurch, where he excelled at History and Classical Studies. Steven is the Editor-in-Chief at Green Flag F1 and spends most of his days living, breathing, and immersing in the Formula 1 world.

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  1. Anonymous

    June 11, 2018 at 10:17 pm

    A rather factual assessment that carried none of the drama that Ricciardo’s similar situation in Monaco carried.
    Mainly because you’re writing was flat.

    Hamilton carried on more in hope he’d finish knowing he had little chance to catch those ahead of him. Running a power unit older than any other on the grid he fought on, feeling a loss of power, but working very hard to optimise all he had to get the car to the finish as he knows this is going to be very tight season.

    His car maybe be a little quicker than the rest of the field but it’s not the dominant car of last year. Ferarri and Red Bull with it’s Renault engine are much closer, maybe even equal on some circuits. It’s going to be tough year that a good driver, with a little luck, can be the Champion. An open season that is likely to run to the final race.

    Cheers Steven.

    Trev Walden

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