The news, then, that the Silver Arrows are going to have a “phase two” power unit plugged in for this weekend’s Canadian Grand Prix, a power sensitive circuit no less, won’t be music to the ears of their rivals.
What Mercedes have achieved in 2019 is nothing short of sensation and the chatter in the paddock, following the confirmation of their power unit upgrade, was of admiration – rather than disdain – for an outfit that is operating at arguably the best level of any Formula 1 team in the history of the sport.
READ MORE: We’ll be stronger in Canada than we have been in the past, says Hamilton Sebastian Vettel triumphed at Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve last year, but this had previously been Mercedes’s – and more specifically Lewis Hamilton’s – playground.
He also added that “this is a power circuit, so [the engine upgrade has] come at the perfect time”.
Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve rewards engine grunt and top speed, and the mods Mercedes have made will be of most benefit here.