Lewis Hamilton expects F1 title boost from Mercedes upgrades in Austria

Lewis Hamilton

Lewis Hamilton

Having retaken the title lead in France, Lewis Hamilton hopes that a "significant" aero upgrade this weekend will pay further dividends.

Vettel, who started sixth after collecting a three place grid penalty, now has 146 points to Hamilton's 145 after nine rounds and with the Briton's home race at Silverstone next weekend.

"We can not throw away points".

Lewis Hamilton said he was excited by a raft of new updates for his Mercedes vehicle, but ducked all questions about his singing career yesterday.

While Valtteri Bottas started on pole, Hamilton took the lead at Turn 1 and looked well placed for victory until his teammate retired with a loss of hydraulic pressure, bringing out a Virtual Safety Car.

James Vowles, the team's chief strategist, moved to take the blame.

Hamilton struggled so much that he was forced to make a second stop before his retirement, while race victor Verstappen and the Ferrari drivers only made one.

Hamilton was in front from the start but lost his lead following a tactical mistake by his team, which did not pit him under a virtual safety auto while most other teams took the opportunity to switch to soft tires.

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Wolff admitted that Mercedes was surprised by the tyre issues that surfaced in the race, with conditions were much warmer than in practice. Everyone is going to be feeling the pain. 'For me, personally the most painful in the last six years, that's with Barcelona [2016] losing both cars.

"They have the picture. all I can see is the guy in front of me and the guy behind me, I don't really know and actually at the time I was in the lead, so I couldn't even see where they were. We have thrown away the win". The vehicle has been great all weekend and then to have two different faults on both cars is very unusual.

He added: "I don't really understand".

"After that the auto felt strong, we were running well, but then I suddenly experienced a loss of hydraulic pressure".

"I don't feel like we really have the upper hand like we had in past years, so any small gains are important".

"Valtteri did a better job today, which I'm happy for him". It is very rare we have these DNFs, and incredibly unusual to have two on one weekend. A real shame because we had a great auto and were looking very strong, but we will live to fight another day.

Mercedes are unbeaten in four races at the Red Bull Ring since the track was re-introduced to the calendar in 2014. He came on the radio and said "I don't know how many are listening in Brixworth and Brackley but I can not remember since I have DNF last time, this team has had the best reliability over the last years".

"We were going flat out, and going flat out means you are overheating the surface of the tyre, and that causes the blistering". He's always asking for information, managing those tyres, and that's why they didn't blister up.

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