“Yesterday’s home runs don’t win tomorrow’s games” – Mercedes

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Mercedes executive director Toto Wolff played down the team’s chances of repeating their victory in the last waste at this weekend’s Canadian Grand Prix.

“We enjoyed a fantastic weekend in Monaco but, as I have said before, yesterday’s home runs don’t win tomorrow’s games,” said Wolff.

“We will be heading to Montreal this week with realistic expectations about what we can achieve.”

However Wolff believes the high-speed nature of the track will play to the strength of their engine. And Mercedes remain the team to beat in qualifying:

“Our car has been on pole position 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.”

Nico Rosberg’s Monaco Grand Prix win has moved him up to sixth in the championship. Team mate Lewis Hamilton is 15 points ahead in fourth. Hamilton has won the Canadian Grand Prix on three previous occasions including last year and his maiden triumph in 2007.

“The Circuit Gilles Villeneuve has been a strong circuit for me,” he said. “The circuit itself is really special; it’s very high-speed, great fun to drive and it’s definitely a track where late braking helps.”

“It’s not too far off a Monaco-style circuit where you need a similar set-up to bounce off the curbs so we should be quite competitive, although looking after the tires will be our main challenge.”

NHRA Gatornationals: John Force has another spectacular motor explosion

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Legendary NHRA Funny Car driver John Force endured yet another spectacular motor explosion – his third in the NHRA’s first three national event races – during Friday’s qualifying at the Amalie Motor Oil Gatornationals in Gainesville, Florida.

It’s the kind of consistency the 16-time NHRA Funny Car champ could do without.

The 68-year-old Force came to Gainesville hoping to break the jinx that saw him endure explosions in both the season-opening Winternationals and the second race of the season in Phoenix.

Both motor explosions sent Force to the hospital for examination before he returned to the race track.

Friday, even though the motor in his Chevrolet Camaro blew up again (in the second round of qualifying), at least this time, Force didn’t wind up in the hospital.

He did have his right hand bandaged from a cut suffered in the explosion, but did not have to go to the hospital this time.

He even joked about not having to add yet another ambulance bill to the nearest Gainesville hospital.

But the explosion still proved costly.

“That was another body and that hurts the financial (bottomline),” Force said. “I was out $500,000 to $600,000, and now we are probably out $800,000, going on a million. In drag racing, you have to be tough.”

He ended the day qualifying 14th, not a very comfortable position with two more rounds of qualifying set for Saturday.

Force continues to be mystified why the motors keep exploding.

“I really thought we had it, I thought we were there,” Force said. “In the first round we drove it 500 feet and shut it off. It looked great. We ran it again that run and I was only going to drive it 800 feet even if we didn’t make The Show.”

Force will attempt to improve his qualifying spot during Saturday’s final two rounds to make Sunday’s eliminations.

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