Why Mercedes is the real Canada favourite

Why Mercedes is the real Canada favourite

Engine upgrade delayed, it struggles with the hypersoft tyres that could decide this weekend, beaten by Red Bull on Friday... There seem to be lots of reasons why Mercedes should be on the ropes in Canada, but in fact it's the overwhelming favourite

Lewis Hamilton was six tenths of a second off the pace during Friday practice in Canada, Mercedes has delayed the engine upgrade originally planned for this race, and Pirelli has allocated the softest of its three tyre compounds that the Silver Arrows has often struggled to get the best out of.

On paper, that sounds like bad news for Hamilton's hopes of taking a record-equalling seventh victory in Montreal. But dig deeper and it's clear that, actually, Hamilton and Mercedes are shaping up strongly for this weekend.

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