Lewis Hamilton: Austrian GP was the worst race I can keep in mind
Lewis Hamilton mentioned his problem-strewn Austrian GP was “the worst race I can keep in mind for a really, very very long time”.
The Mercedes driver cruising to victory however retired from the race with a lack of gasoline strain, after struggling tyre issues and a serious technique error.
His title rival Sebastian Vettel of Ferrari reclaimed the championship lead by a degree after ending third.
“We will not throw away factors. It is not an amazing feeling,” Hamilton mentioned.
The Briton was main the race within the early laps, however Mercedes didn’t pit him throughout a digital security automobile interval, which meant he misplaced the lead when he did finally cease below racing situations.
Hamilton mentioned over the radio that the crew had thrown away a win and Mercedes chief strategist James Vowles responded that it was his fault.
However the technique error finally made no distinction, as Hamilton bumped into tyre issues that pressured an additional pit cease after which retired with eight laps to go.
His team-mate Valtteri Bottas additionally retired with a lack of hydraulic strain after 13 laps when working second.
Hamilton mentioned: “An unlucky day. Everybody goes to be feeling the ache. We’ve got had such nice reliability for therefore a few years and as painful as it’s, we now have to take the tough with the sleek. However I’ve each confidence in my crew that we will bounce again.”
“All areas we’re going to should work on. The automobile has been nice all weekend after which to have two completely different faults on each automobiles may be very uncommon.
“We’ve got to discover a bullet-proof technique to maneuver ahead with technique.”
He added: “I do not actually perceive. We’ve got a variety of strategists, and the way we will make these sorts of errors… however James put his hand up and mentioned it was his name.
“We are going to try to analyse and determine how we will enhance. We’ve got misplaced a variety of factors this yr via unhealthy calls and reliability.”
Hamilton mentioned he “had a hug” with Vowles within the storage after the race, including: “He’s all the time brutally sincere with himself and everybody.
“We may all have carried out a greater job this weekend. It is vitally uncommon we now have these DNFs, and extremely uncommon to have two on one weekend. It is an actual disgrace as a result of we had s nice automobile and we had been trying very sturdy however we are going to stay to battle one other day.”
Hamilton was additionally crucial of tyre provider Pirelli, which took its customary tyres to Austria reasonably than the thinner-treaded ones that had been utilized in Spain in Might and France final weekend to keep away from the blistering that affected Mercedes, Pink Bull and another groups in Austria.
Hamilton mentioned: “These tyres aren’t ok for us to essentially race. It’s a disgrace the tyres usually are not ok which you could keep within the battle. We had blistering. They need to have introduced the opposite tyre right here, the identical tyres we had within the final race. If you make the improper name, that is what occurs.”