Monday, 16 July, 2018

Hamilton predicts Silverstone will be 'most physical race of the year'

Max Verstappen wins Austrian F1 as Mercedes ruins Lewis Hamilton's day, Sebastian Vettel takes title lead Verstappen wins in Austria as Vettel grabs lead in standings
Isaac Mcdaniel | 06 July, 2018, 23:14

"Nobody is flawless. It would be boring if that was the case", added Hamilton, 33, whose new £120million contract with Mercedes will not be announced this weekend.

"It was awesome, very hard to manage the tyres, lot of blistering, but we managed to hang on", said Verstappen of Red Bull's first win at the circuit they own.

There was trouble for another French driver as Pierre Gasly stopped with more than half an hour of the session remaining. But Raikkonen says the rules dictating team orders are clear at Ferrari and there was never any suggestion that he would have to give up second place at the Red Bull Ring. "I hope we pull through".

After the race, Hamilton labelled it "the worst weekend I can remember for a long time", as his retirement followed an error by chief strategist James Vowles which had cost him the lead.

It was also Verstappen's fourth career victory as he came home 1.504 seconds ahead of Kimi Raikkonen and his Ferrari team-mate Sebastian Vettel, who regained the lead in the drivers championship ahead of Hamilton by a single point. "Immediately after the race, as soon as they got the auto back, I think that evening there was a fix that..."

Donning the red white and blue, will Hamilton strike gold this weekend at Silverstone?

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"We're (England) fighting for the World Cup so it's just a great time I think for sport".

Mercedes' chief strategist, James Vowles, took the blame for failing to call in Hamilton for a pit stop while the safety vehicle was out.

He added: "It's quite hard without knowing the intricacies of other teams, but the one thing you have to do as a team is win as a team and lose as a team, and that's why we don't often - or hardly at all - talk about individuals in success or failure, because that puts an unfair amount of scrutiny and pressure on that individual". The next race will be held at Silverstone on July 8, 2018.

"My view is that in my role as team principal you are here to protect your workforce to make sure they are represented in the best possible way". "Look at how many wins I've had within this team".

A week on from their Austrian GP victory, Red Bull had a poor day - lacking speed, reliability and track time. We have had far more success than failures. I can't predict what will happen but that's not getting in my way'. "I'm very grateful to be in a position to be able to fight for (the record) here at Silverstone, for the sixth time. He's a racer, he understands racing commitment and spirit and I think he's going to be a good leader for the future at McLaren".

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