Friday 19 January 2018

Hamilton insists he's on right track

Hamilton: “I don’t think there’s a call for me to do anything else than I’m already doing.” Photo: Reuters/Dominic Ebenbichler
Hamilton: “I don’t think there’s a call for me to do anything else than I’m already doing.” Photo: Reuters/Dominic Ebenbichler

Mark Mann-Bryans

Lewis Hamilton has insisted he does not need to change anything in his approach despite heading to Silverstone on the back of another average result at the Austrian Grand Prix.

The Briton will enter his home race 20 points behind championship leader Sebastian Vettel after recovering from a pre-race grid penalty to finish fourth at the Red Bull Ring.

His Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas is also breathing down his neck, having sealed the second win of his career.

Vettel came home a close second to extend his advantage over Hamilton and Daniel Ricciardo took the third step on the podium for Red Bull.

All in all, it means Hamilton heads to Northamptonshire this week under pressure to turn things around but not, in his mind, having to alter anything to do so.

"I don't think there's a call for me to do anything else than I'm already doing," he said.

"It's not like the team aren't on my side or they're not working hard or I'm not pushing them hard enough so all I can do is try to inspire them with the drives I had today.

"When I go and look at the race pace I was actually quickest so I had the strongest race. I don't think the points reflect this.

"There's nothing else I can do. I just have to keep driving the way I have been and hope things get better." (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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