“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.”

SMP Racing unveils BR1 LMP1 car in Bahrain ahead of WEC entry

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SMP Racing has publicly unveiled its new BR1 LMP1 car that will enter the FIA World Endurance Championship from 2018.

SMP Racing opted to pull out of racing full-time in the WEC for 2017 in order to focus on its preparations for an LMP1 entry the following year, with the decision being taken long in advance of Porsche’s exit announcement.

Officials from the Russian-backed SMP Racing, as well as drivers including recent IndyCar racer Mikhail Aleshin (sporting a broken arm in a sling), Vitaly Petrov and Sergey Sirotkin were all on hand to unveil the car on Friday in the Bahrain International Circuit paddock ahead of this weekend’s WEC finale.

The BR Engineering BR1 features a Dallara chassis and an AER engine, and has completed over 2,000 km in private testing, with further running set to be completed in the coming weeks.

SMP Racing plans to field two cars in the WEC’s LMP1 class next year, and is keen to get as many Russian drivers as possible in the seats from its wide pool of talent.

Even with Porsche’s departure from LMP1, the class is set to feature a bigger field thanks to the increased number of privateers moving up, with Toyota set to remain the sole manufacturer in the class.