Vettel hopes to pull off some Ferrari 'tricks' to end Mercedes F1 dominance

He won the Canadian GP last year, but can anybody stop Hamilton?

Sebastian Vettel says Ferrari has a few tricks up its sleeves for this weekend's Canadian Grand Prix and will need to conjure up something special if it is to end Mercedes' magical run.

Six races into the season, Vettel is not ready to wave the white flag and concede the title to Mercedes, which has racked up six straight wins, five of them with 1-2 finishes. But the German admits the battle had reached a critical juncture.

"The next races will be really crucial for us to try and get back to the front and give a much harder time to Mercedes," said Vettel, who finished second in Monaco last month for Ferrari's best result so far this season.

"It will be crucial to do it rather sooner than later, but at the moment I am not too fussed, I am not looking at, 'OK this is the date.'

"Clearly we are behind, clearly there is a big margin between Mercedes and the rest and we have to lose that gap and get ahead otherwise it will be difficult to turn around.

"That is as much realism as you can get."Vettel won from pole position in Canada last year and Mercedes has suggested the high-speed circuit could again favor Italian rivals whose season has yet to get into gear.

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Le Champion du monde en titre de Formule 1, Lewis Hamilton, a déclaré qu'il "construisait" son "rêve" d'un premier test en MotoGP, acceptant le fait qu'il devait encore accumuler du roulage à moto.
Lewis Hamilton believes Formula 1's frontrunners only have half-a-second's advantage over the midfield, and thinks the leading teams from that group could achieve bigger results this season
Le Champion du monde en titre de Formule 1, Lewis Hamilton, a déclaré qu'il "construisait" son "rêve" d'un premier test en MotoGP, acceptant le fait qu'il devait encore accumuler du roulage à moto.
DOHA, QATAR - MARCH 09: Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain (5x F1 World Champion) during the MotoGP of Qatar - Qualifying at Losail Circuit on March 09, 2019 in Doha, Qatar. (Photo by Mirco Lazzari gp/Getty Images)
DOHA, QATAR - MARCH 09: Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain (5x F1 World Champion) during the MotoGP of Qatar - Qualifying at Losail Circuit on March 09, 2019 in Doha, Qatar. (Photo by Mirco Lazzari gp/Getty Images)
British driver Lewis Hamilton is pictured in the Petronas Yamaha SRT pit at Losail track in Doha on March 9, 2019. (Photo by GIUSEPPE CACACE / AFP) (Photo credit should read GIUSEPPE CACACE/AFP/Getty Images)
British driver Lewis Hamilton is pictured in the Petronas Yamaha SRT pit at Losail track in Doha on March 9, 2019. (Photo by GIUSEPPE CACACE / AFP) (Photo credit should read GIUSEPPE CACACE/AFP/Getty Images)
British driver Lewis Hamilton (C) is pictured in the Petronas Yamaha SRT pit at Losail track in Doha on March 9, 2019. (Photo by GIUSEPPE CACACE / AFP) (Photo credit should read GIUSEPPE CACACE/AFP/Getty Images)
British driver Lewis Hamilton is pictured in the Petronas Yamaha SRT pit at Losail track in Doha on March 9, 2019. (Photo by GIUSEPPE CACACE / AFP) (Photo credit should read GIUSEPPE CACACE/AFP/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - MARCH 04: Lewis Hamilton is seen, outside Stella McCartney, during Paris Fashion Week Womenswear Fall/Winter 2019/2020, on March 04, 2019 in Paris, France. (Photo by Edward Berthelot/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - MARCH 04: Lewis Hamilton is seen, outside Stella McCartney, during Paris Fashion Week Womenswear Fall/Winter 2019/2020, on March 04, 2019 in Paris, France. (Photo by Edward Berthelot/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - MARCH 04: Lewis Hamilton attends the Stella McCartney show as part of the Paris Fashion Week Womenswear Fall/Winter 2019/2020 on March 04, 2019 in Paris, France. (Photo by Jacopo Raule/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - MARCH 04: Lewis Hamilton attends the Stella McCartney show as part of the Paris Fashion Week Womenswear Fall/Winter 2019/2020 on March 04, 2019 in Paris, France. (Photo by Jacopo Raule/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - MARCH 04: Lewis Hamilton and Oprah Winfrey attend the Stella McCartney show as part of the Paris Fashion Week Womenswear Fall/Winter 2019/2020 on March 04, 2019 in Paris, France. (Photo by Bertrand Rindoff Petroff/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - MARCH 04: Lewis Hamilton and Stella McCartney pose after the Stella McCartney show as part of the Paris Fashion Week Womenswear Fall/Winter 2019/2020 on March 04, 2019 in Paris, France. (Photo by Bertrand Rindoff Petroff/Getty Images)
1st March 2019, Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain; Formula One Testing Day 8; Lewis Hamilton of the Mercedes Team at the garage during the winter test at the circuit of Catalunya (photo by Pablo Guillen/Action Plus via Getty Images)
1st March 2019, Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain; Formula One Testing Day 8; Lewis Hamilton of the Mercedes Team leaves the hospitality unit yo go the garage during the winter test at the circuit of Catalunya (photo by Pablo Guillen/Action Plus via Getty Images)
Lewis Hamilton during the Formula 1 test in Barcelona, on 01st March 2019, in Barcelona, Spain. -- (Photo by Urbanandsport/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
the Mercedes of Lewis Hamilton during the Formula 1 test in Barcelona, on 01st March 2019, in Barcelona, Spain. -- (Photo by Urbanandsport/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
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MONTMELO, SPAIN - MARCH 01: Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain driving the (44) Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team Mercedes W10 during day four of F1 Winter Testing at Circuit de Catalunya on March 01, 2019 in Montmelo, Spain. (Photo by Dan Istitene/Getty Images)
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Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain with 44 Mercedes AMG Petronas Motorsport W10 portrait during the Formula 1 2019 Pre-Season Tests at Circuit de Barcelona - Catalunya in Montmelo, Spain on March 1. (Photo by Xavier Bonilla/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
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CIRCUIT DE CATALUNYA, MONTMELO, SPAIN - 2019/02/28: Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team during day seven of F1 Winter Testing. (Photo by Marco Canoniero/LightRocket via Getty Images)
CIRCUIT DE CATALUNYA, MONTMELO, SPAIN - 2019/02/28: Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain driving the (44) Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team Mercedes W10 on track during day seven of F1 Winter Testing. (Photo by Marco Canoniero/LightRocket via Getty Images)
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But Mercedes drivers Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas will like their chances as well on the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve. Hamilton was fastest in Friday's early practice, but damaged his car when he hit the wall in the afternoon. The five-time world champion sits 17 points clear of Bottas at the top of the standings and in his bid to equal Michael Schumacher's seven Canadian Grand Prix victories between 1994 and 2004.

Not that Mercedes needed another boost, but Hamilton and Bottas will have new and upgraded engines in their cars for this weekend's race.

Ferrari has already introduced its first upgraded powerplants of the season, but Vettel was optimistic tweaks to the car would benefit them on a circuit that plays to some of their strengths.

"There is always little tricks you can do, the question is whether they make a difference," Vettel said.

"But I am not sitting here trying to paint things black we haven't done a single lap this weekend so I am quite optimistic it was a strong track for us last year.

"We have some tricks up our sleeves whether they work or not we will see.

"There are some ideas to improve where we are and they sound quite promising, so I am optimistic but the real proof the only proof is the stopwatch."

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