Hamilton gets new engine but Mercedes won't say which one

Boullier Mc Laren must focus on reliability			Image by Steven Tee  LAT

Codemasters has released some new F1 2018 gameplay today, ahead of the French Grand Prix this weekend.

It is calling it a "Phase 2.1" engine, explaining that "we would have had a Phase 2 in Canada" and that its High Performance Powertrains division in Brixworth has been able to introduce "added goodness" in the delay.

Mercedes' Brixworth team has "reworked" six race units plus spares, and this allocation is on-site at Paul Ricard.

Despite Hamilton putting a courageous face on it, Mercedes' failure to do so will leave the Brit at a disadvantage with both Ferrari and Red Bull, who are powered by Renault, already on their second-generation engines.

"There's a lot of different lines you can take and it's tricky to find reference points out on track".

Mercedes appear to be the team to beat after Friday practice, with Hamilton comfortably outpacing the Ferraris, but they didn't have a completely faultless session. Apart from the colourful lines, it's hard to tell where you are. In my lifetime it's not been great for us, but we have a good team and England deserve at some time to win the World Cup.

"There's a couple of places for example on the back straight where you're trying to find out where the corner is and it's really hard to see". They've really been pushing hard to get this engine here and doing it in the right way so a big thank you to everyone at the workshop.

"The new engine feels clean and fresh, but we won't really know its full potential until tomorrow when everyone gets to turn their engines up".

Hamilton trails Ferrari's Vettel by a single point in the F1 Drivers' Championship but will hope to regain the lead with a first career victory in France this weekend.

"Yes, we will have the updated engine", Force India's Sergio Perez said in France.

"On the long run I was able to play a little bit more, try different things with lines and try to understand a little bit more so hopefully I can start from there tomorrow then we should have more of a rhythm and vehicle wise, I think we can improve as well". Taking a lap around the Circuit Paul Ricard, the trailer features input from drivers Romain Grosjean, Esteban Ocon and Pierre Gasly, as well as Renault Sport Formula One Team's Carlos Sainz.



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