Valtteri Bottas doesn't believe Mercedes latest engine upgrade will see it matching Ferrari's straight-line speed, but is pleased to get his hands on a new unit for this weekend's Canadian Grand Prix.
Ferrari are expected to perform better this weekend with its current straight-line speed advantage, and although Bottas expects a "tiny" performance gain from the new engine, he doesn't foresee Mercedes equalling Ferrari's top speed.
"For sure the engine upgrade is very welcome," said the Finnish driver.
Nonetheless Bottas has welcomed the new engine, not because it's an upgrade, but because his current unit is nearing the end of its lifecycle after six races, whereas Ferrari received their upgrade just two races ago in Spain.
"I think it's coming at the right time because the first engine is running towards the end of its life, so we will have needed a new one anyway.