Reliability issue won't happen again - Mercedes

Friday 13th June 2014, 14:09 by Ryan Wood 

Daimler

Mercedes believe they have understood exactly what went wrong with their power unit in Canada which led to one car retiring and the other running at reduced performance.

Lewis Hamilton retired from the lead after suffering the exact same problem as team-mate Nico Rosberg on the same lap, whilst the German managed to cling on to second.

Executive director Paddy Lowe says it was unfortunate for Hamilton to have lost out on two potential victories through no fault of his own, but is confident the same thing won't happen again.

"We saw an extraordinary drive from Nico to salvage second place with malfunctioning machinery, but it was extremely unfortunate for Lewis that we were unable to manage the failure on his car to the same extent.

"This has once again created a sizeable points deficit for Lewis through no fault of his own. But, of course, we are doing our utmost to give both drivers the opportunity to compete for the Championship on equal terms," he said.

"We put a significant amount of effort into understanding the problem that occurred in Canada and ensuring that there will be no repeat in Austria."

Toto Wolff, head of Mercedes motorsport, shared similar feelings.

"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.

"It's something we immediately moved to analyse, understand and rectify to make sure it does not happen again."

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