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Mercedes issue due to high-voltage control electronics failure

Hamilton retired with brake failure while Rosberg went on to finish second.
Sunday, June 8, 2014


8th June, 2014 (F1 Plus / Rosie Baillie) - A high-voltage control electronics failure caused a loss of MGU-K for Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton during the Canadian Grand Prix.

It hit Hamilton first on lap 36 and Rosberg on the following lap.

When the issue hit it looked like Mercedes were on target for a 1-2 finish as the pair had dominated the race.

Hamilton retired on lap 46 when his brakes overheated and failed going into turn 10.

“There was nothing I could do about our issues really. We were managing the loss of power but as soon as I finally made the jump on Nico in the second pit stop, my brakes failed going into turn 10.” Hamilton said.

Rosberg was able to manage the issue and went on to finish second, which means he is now 22 points ahead of Hamilton.

“The race went smoothly for a while then both cars suddenly lost the MGU-K system and a lot of power which was really tough.” Rosberg said.

“Then I lost some time in the second pit stop which let Lewis jump me and I was struggling to cool the rear brakes down so it was all happening.”

The German driver lost out to Daniel Ricciardo two laps before the end and was surprised to hear that he had finished on the podium.

“Towards the end of the race, I tried to defend against Sergio which was fine but Daniel was too fast on the straights with much more power than I had available and he was able to get past.”

“With so much going on, I had to ask my engineer where I finished at the end as I thought I was probably about fifth or sixth. I was so happy to hear that I was in P2!”


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