In Mercedes’ Canadian Grand Prix race debrief video, Mike Elliott said Lewis Hamilton’s race pace was “really encouraging”.
“I think it is really encouraging to see Lewis be able to tag onto the back of the front two,” the Briton said.
“I think we looked like we were in decent shape with the degradation with the tyres.
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“I think, at that point of the race, it was pretty clear to Lewis that, barring some collision up front, we didn’t quite have the pace to compete and get ourselves into that fight and he would have sensibly brought the car home in the position it was in.
“If you actually look at the laps towards the end, what you will see is while he backed off for a few laps he then set a pretty quick lap on the penultimate lap, so the pace was there in the car but not enough pace to challenge for the win, unfortunately.
“I think from my point of view what’s really nice is to see a bit more pace from the car on Sunday,” Elliott concluded.