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Canadian Grand Prix around the corner after Monaco success for Mercedes

The Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal will play host to the Canadian Grand Prix from 5th-7th June. Red Bull will be hopeful for the same result as last year – they managed to win the Canadian Grand Prix after Mercedes’ engine problems.

Red Bull Consider taking engine penalties for Canadian Grand Prix

Daniel Ricciardo and Daniil Kvyat are now on their fourth and final designated engine for the season after problems in the opening races led to the failure of several of their Renault power systems.

The team is aware that they are down on power compared to rivals Mercedes and Ferrari, making the long straights of the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve a somewhat daunting prospect. The four-time world champion team managed their best result of the season last weekend in Monaco, with a 4th and 5th place finish.

Daniel Ricciardo finished behind Daniil Kvyat this time after his agreement to give the place back if he was unable to overtake the drivers ahead. Late on in the race, Kvyat was told to let his teammate through so he could challenge the two Mercedes and Sebastian Vettel’s Ferrari, since he was on a different strategy.

Lewis Hamilton will be hopeful for a bounce-back in the Canadian Grand Prix after a panicked decision led to woes in Monaco. After being told to pit late on in the race for fresh tyres following a late safety car, Nico Rosberg, also of Mercedes, and Ferarri’s Sebastian Vettel, both managed to pass as Hamilton re-joined the track.

However, Mercedes boss Toto Wolff is confident Hamilton will bounce back in the Canadian Grand Prix, saying, “He has such mental strength and is on a roll.” Hamilton goes in to the Canadien Grand Prix just 10 points ahead of teammate Nico Rosberg, as last week’s result cut his 20-point advantage in half.

Author Eoghan Aston
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