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GP Week : Issue 203
No-one could have predicted the technical failure which would hit both Mercedes cars in Canada. The odds that such a failure would hit both cars at once suggests a common shortcoming. Is this the first chink in the seemingly impenetrable Mercedes armour? Team director Paddy Lowe outlined what had happened: "We knew this would be a very tough race and so it proved. We were able to run at a good level of performance at the beginning of the race, notwithstanding a minor incident for Nico when he ran straight on at Turn 14 in the second stint. “We then experienced a near- simultaneous failure of the MGu-K on both cars just after half distance, which was apparently caused by an issue in the high- voltage Control electronics which manage the MGu-K . “T his meant both cars lost hybrid power from this point onwards and, without the additional braking force of the MGu-K, this also put a much higher load on the rear brakes. Lewis then suffered a complete rear brake failure after his second pit stop, which was a consequence of the MGu-K fault. “Nico was not affected in the same way and managed incredibly to maintain position from lap 37 to lap 67, making up time in the first and second sectors in order to defend in sector Three, when he was considerably down on power. This was achievable against the Force India but not the Red Bull after Ricciardo finally passed Perez.” For his part, Rosberg had so much going on that he wasn’t actually sure he’d made the podium: "I had a tough start but I was able to defend in the first few corners and fight against Lewis. The race went smoothly for a while then both cars suddenly lost the MGu-K system and a lot of power, which was really tough. Then I lost some time in the second pit stop, which let Lewis jump me and I was struggling to cool the rear brakes down so it was all happening. “ Towards the end of the race, I tried to defend against sergio which was fine but Daniel was too fast on the straights with much more power than I had available and he was able to get past. With so much going on, I had to ask my engineer where I finished at the end as I thought I was probably about fifth or sixth. I was so happy to hear that I was in P2!” And Lewis? “ There was nothing I could do about our issues really. We were managing the loss of power but as soon as I finally made the jump on Nico in the second pit stop, my brakes failed going into Turn 10. “It's great for the team that Nico was able to hold on and get second place today but it's tough for me. That's two DNFs now this season and now I have to try and recover the points gap again. But these are learning experiences: we'll learn as a team and get stronger. “Congratulations to Daniel today. It's awesome for him to get his first win and I know this will be a really special day for him." BELOW: Early on everything seemed 'normal' ... The first chink? 29 GPWEEK.com // 29 GPWEEK.com // F1 >>> CANADA PARTNERS: