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Mercedes confident it has solved Canada issue

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The MGU-K issue resulted in retirement for Lewis Hamilton when his rear brakes failed © Getty Images

Mercedes is confident it will not experience a repeat of the problem that forced Lewis Hamilton to retire from the Canadian Grand Prix next weekend in Austria.

Both Mercedes cars experienced a failure of the MGU-K energy recovery system when its control electronics overheated, leading to reduced pace for Nico Rosberg and a rear brake failure for Lewis Hamilton. Rosberg managed to nurse his car home, despite losing a significant amount of rear braking capability and a loss of roughly 160bhp in power, but for the first time this season a car other than a Mercedes won the race.

Executive director (technical) Paddy Lowe said his team had invested a lot of time in analysing the problem and ensuring it would not happen again.

"Of course, we are doing our utmost to give both drivers the opportunity to compete for the championship on equal term," he said. "We put a significant amount of effort into understanding the problem that occurred in Canada and ensuring that there will be no repeat in Austria."

Executive director (business) Toto Wolff is convinced Hamilton will fight back and suspects the championship battle has several twists and turns still to come.

"Nico now holds an increased gap at the top of the Championship, but Lewis is a fighter and I have no doubt that he will come back stronger than ever. There is still a long way to go with twelve races remaining - thirteen if you count the double points round - so his challenge is far from over. This race shows how quickly things can change - not just between drivers, but between teams also - so we will be pushing harder than ever to ensure that we do not give away any more valuable points to our rivals."

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