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F1 Russian GP: Massa hopeful Mercedes can counter Renault upgrade

Mercedes could bring its own engine upgrade in an effort to counter Red Bull and Renault's anticipated new specification power unit in Canada.
Williams F1 driver Felipe Massa believes Mercedes is preparing to upgrade its engine for the Canadian Grand Prix, potentially as a counter to Red Bull and Renault's proposed improvements.

Christian Horner has teased a major upgrade to come from Red Bull engine supplier Renault in time for the Montreal race, with the BBC suggesting it could provide as much as four tenths of a gain per lap, putting it in range of Ferrari and possible Mercedes.

However, Massa says he doesn't expect Williams engine supplier Mercedes will be resting on its laurels either, hinting there is a new specification engine in the pipeline around the same time.

“I hope we should have an upgrade for Canada as well so I hope they are not the only ones improving their engine,” he said. “I hope so we don't know how much the second engine of Mercedes should give but I hope we can improve.

“They need to improve and keep pushing and I hope we can improve. But we'll wait and see. We're talking about upgrades before they happen! It's always too early. We'll see what they bring and what we bring.”
by Ollie Barstow



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Equin0x

April 26, 2016 12:31 AM

OnlyTheBest: It shows us his lack of faith on Williams. This team keep falling since 2014 when they benefit of a great motor. Their chassis sucks and Massa wants to counter the Renault upgrade when Mercedes has more than 40ch of advantage over Renault. It's already a shame that Redbull passes Williams, maybe Massa wants dragster race with only a straight line...
Last year Williams was overhauled by Ferrari and this year the likes of Redbull and STR has also leapfrogged Williams, it's looking like they're slipping back into their 2013 level, Massa might as well give up now, the chassis is too weak.

OnlyTheBest

April 24, 2016 7:17 PM

It shows us his lack of faith on Williams. This team keep falling since 2014 when they benefit of a great motor. Their chassis sucks and Massa wants to counter the Renault upgrade when Mercedes has more than 40ch of advantage over Renault. It's already a shame that Redbull passes Williams, maybe Massa wants dragster race with only a straight line...



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