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Mercedes admit power unit was cranked up during first practice

Article To news overview © Pirelli Mercedes' strong initial pace at the Circuit of the Americas may have been somewhat deceptive, as the team have admitted they were pushing their engines quite hard right from the start of the weekend. Mercedes dominated the first practice session on Friday, with Valtteri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton finishing first and second and both almost a full second clear of everyone else. This pace flattered to deceive though, as Red Bull closed the gap throughout the next two practice sessions before clinching pole position on Saturday and pulling off a strategy coup to win the race. Having had such a rollercoaster weekend in terms of pace, Mercedes' Andrew Shovlin...
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