F1: Mercedes confident Bottas’ engine problem has been elucidated

The Gilles Villeneuve circuit, home of the Canadian Grand Prix, is a very demanding race track. Reliability of the turbo hybrid Power Units will be crucial.

Mercedes was a bit worried after Williams’ driver Valtteri Bottas stopped on track on lap 55 following an issue related to the Power Unit.

“We now head to Canada, which is another unusual circuit but in the opposite vein to Monte Carlo. Endurance will also be an important factor given the high demands placed on the components, so this race will provide a comprehensive test of the Mercedes-Benz Hybrid package,” said Paddy Lowe, Executive Director (Technical) at Mercedes AMG.

Problems fixed
“There were some concerns after Monaco following a retirement for Valtteri Bottas, but the Mercedes team at Brixworth have been working extremely hard to understand that problem and ensure that it is contained across every engine. We are confident that this will be the case,” Lowe added.

“We will be bringing a number of updates to the car, both on the power unit and aerodynamic side, so it should be an interesting weekend,” the British engineer concluded.

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