Mercedes sure Canada glitch a one-off
13 June 2014 – Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff is confident that the power unit glitch drivers Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton suffered during the Canadian Grand Prix has been resolved, following post-race investigations.
Having held a comfortable one-two in the early stages of the race, both men suffered a loss of MGU-K drive after an electronics failure, greatly reducing their straight line speed and allowing the chasing pack to catch up.
While Hamilton retired with a separate brake issue, Rosberg was unable to hold on to the lead of the race, with Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo finding a way past on the penultimate lap en route to his maiden Formula 1 victory.
"Canada was a weekend of mixed emotions. On the one side, we had strong pace throughout the weekend. On the other, a small glitch in what has been an extremely reliable package so far this season proved to be extremely detrimental when it really counted on Sunday," said Wolff, whose team won the opening six races.
"It's something we immediately moved to analyse, understand and rectify to make sure it does not happen again."
Moving on to discuss the intra-team battle at Mercedes, Wolff stated his belief that Hamilton's title challenge is still very much alive, despite falling to 22 points behind Rosberg with a second retirement of the campaign.
"Obviously, Nico now holds an increased gap at the top of the championship, but Lewis is a fighter and I have no doubt that he will come back stronger than ever," Wolff went on to explain. "There is still a long way to go with 12 races remaining – 13 if you count the double points round [in Abu Dhabi] – so his challenge is far from over.
He summarised: "This race shows how quickly things can change – not just between drivers, but between teams also – so we will be pushing harder than ever to ensure that we do not give away any more valuable points."