Sport Hamilton happy but not yet hyper

05:55  09 june  2018
05:55  09 june  2018 Source:   skysports.com

Hamilton: Mercedes on back foot

  Hamilton: Mercedes on back foot Lewis Hamilton fears Mercedes have lost critical performance by delaying their engine upgrade at the Canadian GP.Mercedes were due to introduce their second power unit of the season this weekend but were forced to shelve their upgrade package after identifying a "quality issue", with the new engine now delayed until the next race in France.

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After testing Pirelli's new hyper -soft compound for the first time, Lewis Hamilton believes the Italian manufacturer has finally made a To help make this website better, to improve and personalize your experience and for advertising purposes, are you happy to accept cookies and other technologies?

8th June 2018, Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve, Montreal, Canada; Canadian Formula One Grand Prix, Friday free practice; Mercedes AMG Petronas Motorsport; Lewis Hamilton (photo by Octane/Action Plus via Getty Images) © Getty 8th June 2018, Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve, Montreal, Canada; Canadian Formula One Grand Prix, Friday free practice; Mercedes AMG Petronas Motorsport; Lewis Hamilton (photo by Octane/Action Plus via Getty Images)

Lewis Hamilton said he enjoyed a "beautiful day" of opening practice at the Canadian GP but now waits to learn how Mercedes' extensive work to improve their fortunes on F1's fastest tyre plays into their bid to win this weekend.

On a Friday of intriguing tyre conundrums in Montreal, Mercedes chose to eschew the use of Pirelli's quickest tyre, the hypersofts, and run exclusively on the supersoft and ultrasoft compounds in practice.

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Lewis Hamilton insists he is happy at McLaren and believes the Formula One team can deliver success this season, but the British driver says that he has not yet made a decision on his future career.

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Red Bull and Ferrari did use the hypersofts and duly clocked faster single-lap times, with Hamilton's best effort coming on the supersofts - a compound two 'steps' harder - and Valtteri Bottas' on the ultrasofts.

With the W09 appearing the quickest car on the slower tyres, Hamilton also had the best long-run average on the middle compound, the ultrasoft, leading Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo to label Mercedes as the team to beat despite a delay to their planned engine upgrade,

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"It's been a beautiful day," said Hamilton, a six-time victor in Canada. "The weather has been fantastic, the track feels amazing and better than ever. I don't know if we're faster yet than we've ever been, but I've really enjoyed it. We didn't have any problems. It's such a fun track to drive.

Vettel on pole, Hamilton fourth

  Vettel on pole, Hamilton fourth Sebastian Vettel has claimed pole position for the Canadian GP with world championship rival Lewis Hamilton only fourth.  Vettel's pole position, secured with a new track record at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, is Ferrari's first in Montreal since 2001.After locking up into the hairpin during both of his Q3 runs, championship leader Hamilton was beaten by Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas and Red Bull's Max Verstappen, as well as Vettel.As expected, both Ferrari and Mercedes qualified on the slower but more durable ultrasoft tyres.

The hyper -soft made its test debut on Tuesday in Abu Dhabi and Hamilton -- who drove his championship-winning W08 in anger for the last time -- said he was impressed by the new compound.

Asked if he was happy with the balance of the car, the world champion replied: “At the moment I’m not. I don’t really know why, it just feels very While stressing he hadn’t yet had chance to study the pace of rivals Ferrari after another encouraging P2 on the softer tyre for the Scuderia, Hamilton is

"It's not always that we start right out the box but it just started right. There are some things we just needed to adjust along the way. Making small increments from one time to another it always feels a little bit different, but it's been good."

How will Mercedes play the weekend's strategy game?Crucial questions, however, remain unanswered.

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Having only selected five sets of the hypersoft tyres - the same compound they suffered problems with in Monaco - per car to their rivals' eight for this weekend, Mercedes have delayed their use of Pirelli's fastest tyre until Saturday's Practice Three session.

The extensive Friday running on the other compounds has led to theories that the championship leaders will attempt to get through Q2 in Saturday's qualifying hour on the ultrasoft to ensure they start Sunday's race on that tyre. This would then mean they would not necessarily have to use the hypersoft in the race, with an ultrasoft-supersoft strategy possible.

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After testing Pirelli's new hyper -soft compound for the first time, Lewis Hamilton believes the Italian manufacturer has finally made a To help make this website better, to improve and personalise your experience and for advertising purposes, are you happy to accept cookies and other technologies?

The complication is Q3, when they would need to join Red Bull and Ferrari on running the hypersoft to ensure the highest-starting grid position. Pirelli said at the end of Friday's running that the pink-marked compound has a "significant performance advantage over the other compounds of more than a second".

Hamilton, on supersofts, was half a second slower than pace-setter Max Verstappen on hypersofts and, asked if the gap to the Red Bull was 'big' in reality, the Englishman replied: "Yes, I believe so, but we'll find out tomorrow.

MONTREAL, QC - JUNE 07:  Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP signs autographs for fans during previews ahead of the Canadian Formula One Grand Prix at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve on June 7, 2018 in Montreal, Canada.  (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images) © Getty MONTREAL, QC - JUNE 07: Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP signs autographs for fans during previews ahead of the Canadian Formula One Grand Prix at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve on June 7, 2018 in Montreal, Canada. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

"Ultimately we don't have as many hypersofts as everyone else. They have to select it quite far ahead from our test when the tyres didn't last, I think that's the information we got then and we planned for a different strategy. Everyone else I think has got eight sets and we've got four or five. But tomorrow hopefully we'll get a good feel on it and it's not too dissimilar from what we've been driving today."

Hamilton: Ferrari will falter

  Hamilton: Ferrari will falter Lewis Hamilton expects Ferrari to falter in the world championship battle and says Mercedes need to keep the pressure on the Scuderia.  Hamilton lost the lead of the Drivers' Championship on Sunday when he could only manage fifth at the Canadian GP, with Sebastian Vettel's victory giving him a one-point advantage at the top of the standings.The Briton has challenged his Mercedes engineers to keep working to improve their W09 and vowed to bounce back stronger at the French GP in two weeks' time.

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The one downside for McLaren and Hamilton was Heikki Kovalainen’s 150mph smash which the Briton conceded at first left him ‘terrified’. Kovalainen hurtled nose first into a tyre barrier with such force that half his car was buried, yet he escaped with nothing more than mild concussion.

How will Mercedes fare on the hypers?The new-for-2018 hypersoft caused Mercedes repeat problems at the last race in Monaco with the W09 struggling for pace and suffering from graining as Hamilton came home third.

The world champions spent last week poring over the data in an attempt to find answers to improve the situation for Montreal, with Hamilton now keen to see how they fare on Saturday.

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"Hindsight is a great thing and so naturally it would have been great to try the hyper today [if Mercedes had selected more sets], but others have and I've seen some that degraded a lot and some maybe haven't. But P3 is the time that we take it for a spin and have a look of it," he said.

"I think we have definitely understood it but, still, you have to set it up and go with a certain spec. The hyper seems to require something different to the ultra and the others, but we will see tomorrow."

Can Ferrari or Red Bull deny Lewis Hamilton a fourth consecutive win in Montreal? Watch the Canadian GP exclusively live on Sky Sports F1 this weekend. Get Sky Sports F1.

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