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Mercedes confirms 'phase 2.1' upgrade for Hamilton and Bottas

Mercedes confirms 'phase 2.1' upgrade for Hamilton and Bottas

Despite Hamilton putting a fearless face on it, Mercedes' failure to do so will leave the Brit at a disadvantage with both Ferrari and Red Bull, who are powered by Renault, already on their second-generation engines.

Championship leader Sebastian Vettel had to settle for third after a mistake on his final lap, ending up almost 0.4s off Hamilton, and is set to start on ultrasoft tires compared to supersofts for the Briton. It has not been great for us in my lifetime, but England deserves to win the World Cup at some stage.

Lewis Hamilton will risk losing his focus on this Sunday's French Grand Prix by watching England play a World Cup match shortly before the race.

"Overall, it was a good session today - now we need to carry on this performance through the weekend".

The other Mercedes-powered cars are those of Force India's Mexican Sergio Perez and Frenchman Esteban Ocon as well as Williams' Russian Sergey Sirotkin and Canadian Lance Stroll. He was unhurt, but the session was red-flagged and halted temporarily.

This was clear evidence not only of Hamilton's pure pace, but also his innate ability to learn a new circuit very quickly.

"This place is lovely, it's really stunning down here", Hamilton said, speaking yesterday.

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"There's a lot of different lines you can take and it's tricky to find reference points out on track".

It confirmed it intends to continue running these engines for the rest of the race weekend.

"They have an upgrade?"

The four-time world champion clocked a best lap in one minute and 30.029 seconds to grab the 75th pole position of his career ahead of Bottas, giving himself a flawless chance to regain the initiative in the title race in Sunday's race. "It looks like we are chasing them this weekend". "I don't know what the team have planned for me". And the pressure is, as you know, you can see how close it is between us all.

Kimi Raikkonen was sixth in the second Ferrari ahead of Carlos Sainz of Renault, Charles Leclerc of Sauber, Kevin Magnussen and his Haas team-mate Romain Grosjean, who crashed during the top-ten shootout, halting the session for eight minutes.

The morning session ended with a scare for Sauber pilot Marcus Ericsson after his auto burst into flames when he spun out of control and slammed into the barrier.


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