Lewis Hamilton says Mercedes’ rivals will need to do something special to challenge them on a track which should play to their strengths this weekend.
Asked in the Canadian Grand Prix whether the long straights on the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve would help their rivals catch up, Hamilton said: “I would be guessing but I don’t feel that would be the case.”
“We’re particularly strong on the straights, Mercedes are,” he continued.
“But I don’t know, maybe we’ll be surprised this weekend. But long straights do suit us very well, we have very good power curve on our engine, Mercedes has done the best job with the engines.
“So Renault and Ferrari will have to have done an exceptional job coming into this weekend, in terms of that area, to be able to keep up with us on the straights.”
Fellow Mercedes engine user Felipe Massa expects the works Mercedes team to remain a step ahead of the rest.
“Definitely it can be a good track for most of the cars that are using Mercedes,” said the Williams driver.
“So I think maybe we seen even a big difference compared to Mercedes and the other teams because, as Lewis said, the engine is amazing. It was a very good job done by Mercedes and they have a good car in braking and everything so for sure maybe we can see even a big difference.”
2014 Canadian Grand Prix
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