Lewis Hamilton expects Mercedes to struggle with rear-tyre wear at the Canadian GP
2008 World Champion says team's Monaco performance was a one-off
By William Esler
Last Updated: 06/06/13 12:39pm
The Silver Arrows dominated on the streets of Monte Carlo, with Nico Rosberg topping every session and leading the race from start to finish.
That performance was in stark contrast to the preceding race in Spain where after locking out the front-row in qualifying, both Mercedes cars went backwards in the race with Rosberg eventually finishing sixth and Hamilton a lap down in 12th as the team struggled to make their rear-tyres last.
The 2008 World Champion feels that characteristics of the Monaco circuit masked Mercedes problems and expects the team's problems to return in Canada.
"Monaco is one of those tracks that doesn't really hurt the tyres very often," Hamilton said.
"With good management you can look after them, so I wouldn't really say we have made a step forward. The problems we had in Barcelona, we'll still have those going forward until we make some improvements."
However, despite their struggles, Hamilton insists morale is high in the team after four pole positions in-a-row.
"There's a really good feeling in the team at the moment," he added. "We're continuing to work hard to make sure we have the potential for more victories this season."
Mercedes Motorsport Director Toto Wolff echoed the thoughts of his driver and was keen to keep expectations for Canada in check.
"We enjoyed a fantastic weekend in Monaco but, as I have said before, yesterday's home runs don't win tomorrow's games," the Austrian said.
"Here in Montreal we have realistic expectations about what we can achieve. Our car has been on pole for the last four races, which shows our basic speed, so the focus in that time has been on improving our performance on Sunday afternoons.
"We managed this in Monaco, partly thanks to the unique characteristics of the circuit. This weekend will give us a more representative indication of how much progress we have made."