Lewis Hamilton: “We need to find performance”

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At the Styrian Grand Prix Mercedes wasn’t able to find a way to get ahead of Max Verstappen’s obviously faster Red Bull. Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas give their comments on the race.

Lewis Hamilton wasn’t able to beat Max Verstappen at the Styrian Grand Prix, and ultimately finished the race in P2, plus a point for fastest lap.

The Dutch driver managed to dominate the weekend and demonstrated his Red Bull is obviously faster, especially on the straights.

“It was a bit of a lonely race really,” Hamilton said after the race.

“I was trying to keep up with those guys but the speed they have, they have obviously made some improvements over the last couple of races and it was impossible to keep up.

“I don’t know where we are losing all the time but their long runs seem to be better, they seem to be able to continue putting out those laps and on the straight, we lose a lot, or it feels like we lose a lot down the straights.

“Nonetheless, we got good points as a team today and we have just got to keep pushing.”

The Briton was then asked if he is concerned that the Austrian team managed to win four races in a row.

“I try not to concern myself with it. Naturally, they are faster so there is not a lot that I can do in that respect.

“I have just got to try and keep doing the best job I can each weekend. We need to find performance, we need an upgrade of some sort, we need to push.

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“I don’t know where, whether it is just the rear wing or whether it is the upgrade to the engine, whatever it may be, we need to find performance from somewhere,” concluded the seven-time champion.

His team-mate Valtteri Bottas was barely able to hold off Sergio Perez to take third.

“I think from where I started it was the maximum today and it’s good,” said the Finn.

“A bit of damage limitation and a good thing that we get to do all this again next week. It was getting pretty close at the end and there was not much margin.

“I think it was the best thing they could try and it nearly worked, but I’m glad we could defend [from] them.

“It’s been a while [since] I have been on the podium so that is okay.”

Asked what Mercedes can do next week, when Formula 1 again returns to the Red Bull Ring, Bottas replied:

“No penalties and a good qualifying. Then we can go.”

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