Stroll's home race but Mercedes engine news dominates Canadian GP Drivers' Press Conference
Mercedes' engine upgrade takes the headlines in Montreal at the Drivers' Press Conference
Kimi Raikkonen, Lando Norris and Daniil Kvyat were joined in the Driver’s Press Conference by the man leading the way, Lewis Hamilton - and an emotional under pressure Lance Stroll trying to enjoy his home race. Hopefully, the questions would be less predictable than the 2019 F1 season for many has turned out to be so far.
For Lewis Hamilton, this is a weekend of celebration already seeing how today is the birthday of his father and he told his millions of Twitter fans he was ‘the greatest man’ that he knew. For many the current Mercedes engine is the greatest engine they know and so the rest of the grid is understandably wary of the fact that Mercedes has confirmed upgraded ‘Phase 2’ power units for all six Mercedes-powered cars this weekend in Montreal. The Mercedes upgrade news grabbed the headlines of the press conference and Hamilton was understandably in a confident mood:
“This is a power circuit so it’s come at the perfect time. If you look at the previous years this is always the race we bring our second engine. It’s phase two, so it will have all new modifications, slight improvements everywhere. It’s not a massive gain…It’s not like at the beginning of the hybrid era where you took massive steps forward, or even last year…it’s just small steps. The biggest difference is that it is brand-new, it’s fresh. The old engine has done six races so it will have degradation.”
Hamilton would not forget that he may be sitting top of the table but Formula 1 is indeed a team sport:
“The guys have worked so hard. It’s now just small percentages of improvement but it is very much appreciated.”
Lando Norris’ McLaren teammate Carlos Sainz had already commented to the press earlier that “getting overconfident would be a huge mistake at this point.” However, there is a reason for McLaren fans to feel confident though seeing how they sit in 4th place in the Constructors’ Championship – very much the best of the rest. Lando Norris is certainly impressing many with his confident drives and Lewis Hamilton had to monitor his language with a response of ‘shoot’ when hearing how the McLaren rookie is only 19 years old. Ahead of the Canadian Grand Prix, Norris would tell the press what he told his 113,000 Twitter followers that Montreal is a track he likes 'but a bit of rain wouldn’t go a miss.’
Daniil Kvyat would tell of his joy of his season going well at the moment and Montreal born Lance Stroll was questioned as to why he has struggled in qualification whilst his teammate Sergio Perez fared better:
‘we’ve been unfortunate a couple of times…the car hasn’t been very competitive…last couple of races there are things on my side that I need to work on...we want to be in the points.’
So, a rather predictable conference after all and it very much looks like we could all be hoping for rain this weekend if the Mercedes power has any chance to be halted. Although, Mercedes Team Principal Toto Wolff would disagree that Mercedes will have it all their own way having said previously:
“In the past six races, we were very strong in the corners but lost time on the straights…This will make Canada a huge challenge for us as the track characteristics could favour our opponents - there are many long straights, and fewer corners in which to make up laptime."
Now this is news to any fan not wearing the colours of the silver arrows so maybe this weekend will bring some shocks after all.