• Canadian GP - FP2

Grosjean doubts Renault will catch Mercedes

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Romain Grosjean doubts whether Renault will be able to make serious power gains against Mercedes this season.

Renault said this weekend's Canadian Grand Prix marks the first point of the season that the engines are out of recovery mode and operating at full power, yet Grosjean still feels the power deficit is making a big difference. With Mercedes making gains throughout the year, Grosjean doubts whether Renault will ever catch up this season.

"In Germany or Hungary there is more coming, but every time we do that Mercedes seem to do the same," he said. "The Germans don't speak much but they do improve generally. It's difficult and we are not quite yet there."

Grosjean set the 11th fastest time in second practice, which he said was better than he'd hoped on a track that is so dependent on power.

"Yesterday I was thinking that we would be far away in 14th, 15th or 16th. But the afternoon went better and if we are in good shape and things go to plan we can hope and dream of being in Q3. I'm positive about today because the car made a step forward and I know this is not a race where we are going to be in the points because of the type of track."

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