Nico Rosberg, Mercedes, Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, 2014

Overheating blamed for Mercedes failures

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Nico Rosberg, Mercedes, Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, 2014In the round-up: Toto Wolff says that overheating is likely to blame for the dual MGU-K failures that both Hamilton and Rosberg suffered during yesterday’s Canadian Grand Prix.


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Mercedes says overheating caused failures (Autosport)

Toto Wolff: “We had at exactly the same time a failure of the engine control systems, on the ERS, on the MGU-K, with a peak in temperature which was not on our priority list. In that particular part of the MGU-K we saw temperatures which were higher than expected. But we were unaware they could have such a detrimental effect and the MGU-K just shut down and we could not reset it.”

Sir Ben Ainslie targets Adrian Newey to help him win America’s Cup for Great Britain (Daily Mail)

“Sir Ben Ainslie will call upon Adrian Newey, the greatest Formula One designer of his generation, to help him win the 35th America’s Cup for Great Britain. Sportsmail understands that Newey will have a hand in designing the state-of-the art catamaran as the upshot of an ingenious deal announced yesterday by his current employers Red Bull, by which he will remain involved in F1 while taking on a wider brief with the soon-to-be-launched Red Bull Technology Projects.”

Lewis Hamilton admits he has a lot of work to do to get back into the title fight (Sky F1)

Hamilton: “Well I’ve had a lot of work to do since race one – that is now two DNFs that I have had and zero for Nico. We will keep pushing and hopefully comeback stronger in the next race. I was in the lead at the time that it failed. I am two DNFs down – so that is 50 points, or almost 50 points that I have lost so I am going to have to try and recover them somewhere else.”

Others’ mistakes secured fourth for Button (ESPN)

Button: “I don’t think it [the car] quick enough to be fourth, obviously there were incidents and we gained some positions because of that. The important thing is that there is a better feel about the car and we are making progress.”

Chilton retires for the first time in his F1 career (NBC)

“Max Chilton has retired from a grand prix for the first time in his career at the 26th time of asking. The Briton may not have turned many heads during his Formula 1 career so far, but he had managed to finish every race that he had entered until this weekend, giving him the F1 record for the most consecutive finishes as a rookie.”

Debate continues over how much race cars pollute environment (Montreal Gazette)

“The pollution caused by Montreal’s Formula One Grand Prix causes heart attacks, asthma, even deaths. The pollution caused by Montreal’s Formula One Grand Prix is negligible, trivial. Does the truth lie somewhere in between?”


Comment of the day

After Daniel Ricciardo secured his maiden grand prix victory yesterday, @Bullmello is pleased for the Australian.

Congratulations to Ricciardo on his first win. It just shows as a driver and a team you must keep on pushing, you never know what can happen. I love his smile and his attitude. That and his driving ability have me won over as one of my favorite drivers. His move on Perez and subsequently making it stick was the pass of the day for me.

Also thought Vettel showed a lot of class and honest good cheer for Ricciardo in his win. Good to see that.

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