Mercedes delay engine upgrade due to 'quality issue'

Lewis Hamilton

Lewis Hamilton

Mercedes one minute 11.459 seconds. Rubens Barrichello (Brazil) Ferrari, 2004. The other occasions were 1987 and 1977.

On one of Formula One's power circuits, that could prove a double whammy for championship leader Hamilton as he bids to match Michael Schumacher's mark of seven victories in Canada against rivals who will all be on upgraded power units. The current youngest is Vettel, who did it at the age of 21 years and 72 days.

Hamilton will know he and Ferrari remain a serious threat in what is expected to be a far more entertaining affair than the tiresome procession in Monte Carlo, even if Kimi Raikkonen faces a potential distraction after a Canadian waitress filed a lawsuit against him for touching her inappropriately in 2016. Looking back at where I was a year ago.

In the morning session, Williams driver Sergey Sirotkin spun and hit a wall, but was able to continue.

Haas's Romain Grosjean has yet to open his account for 2018 and including last season the Frenchman has not scored for 10 races in a row.

Since then Hamilton has added five more wins including a hat-trick of Mercedes triumphs in 2015, 2016 and 2017 to move within reach of becoming the first man to secure four straight pole positions - he converted pole in each of those years - and four consecutive wins.

The Briton has had an enduring love affair with Montreal.

Montreal wasn't kind to Mercedes in 2014 with Hamilton encountering brake issues that forced him to retire after 46 laps.

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Even with a diminished power unit Hamilton can not be overlooked on one of his favourite tracks.

Ferrari's racing division was ridiculed online Tuesday after it tweeted about this weekend's Formula One race in Montreal using an image of downtown Toronto.

An opening lap crash at turn three involving three cars brought out the only safety vehicle of the race, but otherwise, the race was as straightforward a race as it could be for Hamilton and Mercedes.

Stroll stepped up to Formula 1 with Williams past year to become the first Canadian on the grid since Jacques Villeneuve departed the scene mid-2006.

Ricciardo's win in Monaco came in Red Bull's 250th start.

However, on arrival in Canada, the team confirmed the upgrade would be delayed until the French Grand Prix in two weeks' time.

It will also be the 300th career F1 race for Spanish star Fernando Alonso, the two-time world champion now driving for McLaren.

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