Lewis Hamilton continues to be reeling after crashing within the third qualifying phase on Friday. Two days later, all the pieces was again to regular with the seven-time Formula 1 world champion. After beginning eighth on Sunday, the Briton completed third in a row and marked his fourth podium end of 2022.
After Hamilton was nonetheless caught within the DRS practice of team-mate George Russell within the early phases of the race and even briefly dropped to P8 behind Mick Schumacher, Mercedes determined on an anti-cycle technique with the Briton. Hamilton was for much longer than his rivals and took benefit of his tempo in a free journey to overcut.
Hamilton: Racing alone breeds boredom
When Hamilton pitted and returned to the observe for the primary time to alter tires on lap 28, he was nonetheless solely forward of Esteban Ocon. But just one lap handed earlier than he overtook the Frenchman. Hamilton went inside at T3. Since then, it has been a really quiet race for the Mercedes driver. He shortly pulled away from the remainder of the sphere, lacking the entrance three by virtually 25 seconds.
“I used to be a bit lonely,” Hamilton complained with a smile on the FIA press convention after the race. He might solely make up one other place as a consequence of an engine failure within the Ferrari of Carlos Sainz. Nothing else was potential. Neither ahead nor backward. During the second half of the British race, many screens across the Red Bull Ring hung out watching the battle for victory between Charles Leclerc and Max Verstappen.
“Then I watched them race on TV. “On the straight, I used to be all the time trying on the screens to see the place they have been,” he says. “They have been in T6 after I left the primary lap. That’s how I noticed a few of the overtaking maneuvers.” Leclerc handed Verstappen 3 times on the Red Bull Ring, first on lap 11, then on lap 32 and eventually on lap 52. Despite the issues with the gasoline pedal, the Monegasque narrowly gained the race.
Hamilton: Austrian GP is just not a step backwards for Mercedes
Despite the shortage of leisure within the second half of the race, Hamilton was very happy along with his race in Austria. “It was a tricky weekend. The crew and I needed to work onerous to get the automotive again after the crash,” he remembers. “It’s a very nice consequence, I’m very happy.”
Unlike the British Grand Prix every week in the past, the Mercedes driver wouldn’t have been capable of battle for victory on a “regular” weekend on Sunday. Compared to Red Bull and Ferrari, the Silver Arrows lacked sufficient tempo to significantly assault the highest two groups, particularly within the race.
Hamilton doesn’t need to see the Austrian GP as a step backwards. “This weekend we did not sustain with the highest vehicles right here, however we improved the automotive additional,” he stated. “Hopefully the following tracks might be higher for us like they have been at Silverstone. If that occurs, I need to be with these two. [Leclerc und Verstappen, Anm.] battle for the highest.”