Lauda: Mercedes will have to work hard now

Sunday, 10 juny 2018, 15:00 , by Paul Macdonald

Mercedes' Niki Lauda has admitted that Ferrari are setting the standard at the moment, following Sebastian Vettel's point-to-point victory at the Canadian Grand Prix, in a race where Lewis Hamilton could only manage fifth position, as the driver's championship heats up. 

Vettel produced an imperious performance, looking in complete control throughout and second-placed Valtteri Bottas, who also enjoyed a positive weekend, could not lay a glove on the German. 

The Red Bulls of Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo occupied third and fourth, leaving a frustrated Hamilton, who had to contend with a temperature problem in his engine, down in a lowly fifth. 

Lauda confirmed that Hamilton had suffered issues, and that Mercedes will need to pick up their game across the triple header of France, Austria and Britain over the next month, hoping that the new engine will bring improved results.

He said: "Lewis had a temperature issue on his engine which meant he could not go full speed.

"Ferrari is a package is unbelievable. They have been going hell for leather all the way through the race, and I think we have to really work hard now.

"We'll have the new engine late [for France] The real issue for us at the moment is reliability and power. We played on the safe side so we didn't use it here. We'll see how long the others last but right now they are doing as well as we are."

Vettel's victory puts him one point ahead of Hamilton in the driver's standings, with France coming in two weeks time. 

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