Published: Mon, June 11, 2018
Sports | By Brooke Harris

Hamilton just happy to finish in Canada

Hamilton just happy to finish in Canada

"There was some electrical stuff going on that hindered us this morning and then this afternoon, so not the best day, but we're OK". "It's always annoying when its so close and we're not ahead!" "The Ferrari was the better auto today with the upgrades they had". Mercedes was expecting to do the same, but it wasn't ready in time; they also made a decision to bring fewer sets of the softest tires.

While Hamilton was unhappy with his qualifying session, Bottas felt it was "pretty good".

"The team has been extremely strong in the past at keeping reliability on a high level so that is not a part that worries me, it is more we have seen today a Ferrari that is the stronger auto - strong in qualifying, strong in race and at no time we had a chance to fight for the win".

Hamilton, who had engine problems in the race, said: "It could have been a lot worse".

"But he did a good job with what we have and he should be happy with his lap", he added.

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Mercedes were never in the victory equation, having not got engine updates ready in time for the race while Ferrari and Red Bull both had new parts. However Max Verstappen will start from third on the faster hypersofts.

That could give the Red Bull an advantage in the run down to the first corner, and might even decide the race.

Mercedes were first out in Q3 and smashed the records, Bottas topping Hamilton in 1:10.857 before Vettel beat that.

"We extracted the best we could out of qualifying", he said. "Kimi I think was happier on one lap so probably he's one of the favourites, I'm not, but we'll see tomorrow".

The likely reason is, at the first race the pink-striped Pirelli was used two weeks ago in Monaco, Red Bull was the only team to really extract a good race pace from it without suffering from too much graining or degradation.

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"Overall it seems like the margins are very small between the top three teams", he predicted.

Mercedes' chief race engineer Andrew Shovlin added: "We'd expected qualifying to be a close fought battle today but thought we had a chance at pole given the pace of the vehicle this weekend".

"No big surprises. We thought that Ferrari and Mercedes were going to qualify on the Ultras".

"It's also a race that rarely runs start to finish without a few incidents or safety cars", he pointed out.

"We came to Montreal expecting the auto to be really strong and we are leaving Montreal seeing that we haven't been where we should have been, where we thought we should be". "We looked at it but it didn't make sense for us".

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