Mercedes heads to Canada in good shape, but Wolff remains wary

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Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff is looking forward to next weekend’s Canadian Grand Prix at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, with the circuit expected to suit the W05 hybrid car.

However, he remains concerned by the prospect of this dominant streak coming to an end at any time, and even revealed that the team considered itself to be the underdog in Monaco. Nevertheless, Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton still delivered a fifth straight one-two finish in the race on Sunday.

“We are pleased to head to Canada on the back of another strong weekend in Monaco,” he explained. “We went into that race convinced that our rivals could outperform us and that’s how we worked to prepare for the weekend: like we were the underdogs.

“So we were pleased to see that we still had a good advantage at the front of the field. The team is operating at a very high level right now but we need to keep the ball flat, stay humble and keep pushing.”

Thanks to the high-speed nature of the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Mercedes should enjoy a big advantage thanks to its superior straight line speed and power unit. However, Wolff is refusing to make any assumptions ahead of next weekend’s race.

“On paper, you might say that Canada is the kind of circuit that should suit our package,” he admitted. “But we don’t have a crystal ball and we have been bitten by that way of thinking in the past.

“We know that our rivals are getting closer and that we will need to extract every bit of potential to deliver a strong performance in Montreal.

“Lewis has a fantastic track record in Canada, Nico has the momentum from his win in Monaco. We are all looking forward to the next chapter in the story of this season.”

Having scored 240 points from a possible 258, Mercedes has enjoyed one of the most dominant starts to a season in the history of the sport. Now, all eyes will be on Hamilton and Rosberg in Canada to see if their clear the air talks have truly been successful.

Here’s who were picking to win the Indy 500 — who are YOU picking?

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Several members of the NBC Sports motorsports staff have made their predictions on who will win Sunday’s 102nd Running of the Indianapolis 500.

Of the six voters, two are going with 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series champ Josef Newgarden, while two others are going with Helio Castroneves to win a fourth 500, which would tie him with A.J. Foyt, Al Unser and Rick Mears.

Here’s our picks. Who are YOU picking?

Leigh Diffey: Helio Castroneves — He drives the place better than anyone else. For me (for what its worth) he deserves a fourth 500 ring for the frustration he went through never getting the IndyCar title!

Townsend Bell: Josef Newgarden

Nate Ryan: Simon Pagenaud — All of his 2018 misfortune on the track has disappeared in May, and it culminates in the biggest victory of his career.

Jerry Bonkowski: Helio Castroneves – There’s no pressure as he pursues his fourth Indy 500 win. All Helio has to do, as late NFL owner Al Davis would say, is “Just win, baby!” (But if Helio falls short, watch for Marco Andretti)

Kyle Lavigne: Josef Newgarden — I think he has everything he needs to get it done this year.

Dan Beaver: Robert Wickens – Has driven like anything except a rookie and his second-place finish at Phoenix proves he’s just as good on an oval as the road courses.

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