Lewis Hamilton had another disappointing race in Austria. He Briton was in P2 after overtaking Valtteri Bottas and Lando Norris, but then he sustained damage to the left-rear of his car, which cost him a lot of downforce.
He ultimately finished the race in P4 and now has a 32 points deficit to race winner Max Verstappen.
“I already said before the race that it would be very hard to beat Max of course,” the Briton said after the race.
“But obviously it’s frustrating to lose so much downforce on the rear of the car and not be able to hold on to second place. So a lot of points lost today.
“I would have been second. I was in second when all of a sudden it obviously broke. It would have been an easy second, generally. But obviously not able to catch those guys ahead.”
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After watching the replay, observers assumed that Lewis picked up the damage while running wide over the kerb at Turn 1, but the Briton says he is not sure what caused the damage.
“I wasn’t going over the kerb more than anyone else, so I have no idea where it happened. But there’s a lot of damage.”
With Red Bull now winning their fifth race in a row, Hamilton warns that Mercedes needs to do something, and do it fast, if they want to remain in this championship.
“We’ve got a lot of work to do. We need all hands on deck, which I know they already are. And they’ve brought a lot of upgrades over these last few races, and we haven’t brought any.
“So we’ve got to bring some, find as much performance as possible, otherwise this will be the result most often,” concluded the seven-time champion.