Hamilton gearbox damage not caused by Vettel crash

Posted July 09, 2017

"What a special feeling".

"The plan as ever will be to try get high as possible and when it comes to race it has to be all about damage limitation". "I enjoyed it today driving in front of this crowd so thanks for the support". The team said it was a brake disk failure and Hamilton's mechanics worked frantically to get his vehicle ready for qualifying. The lap was not quite ideal, but good enough. Five of those grid positions can be accounted for by his gearbox penalty, but he also has himself to blame for not maximising the performance of his auto and minimising the impact of the grid drop.

Besides the trio of Vettel, Hamilton and Bottas, drivers like Daniel Ricciardo, who won the Azerbaijan Grand Prix, and Kimi Raikkonen will be eager to deliver the goods.

Hamilton now trails Vettel by 14 points in the title race approaching the halfway stage of the season.

However, Bottas insisted that he's not about to compromise his chance for victory to help Hamilton.

"Mexico was a completely different offence, and we have seen Sebastian is not always able to control himself as much as we should - I used to run drivers and they are in a very tense situation - and I think you must try to interpret the situation well. I'm really looking forward to the race". But we will not underestimate the Ferraris.

"It should be an interesting fight tomorrow".

Just to remind you, the Austrian Grand Prix will start in 14 hours Central European Time and be sure not to miss this fantastic race.

"Y'know, if you start playing games like that here it's quite tricky", he said. Mercedes had already changed it once on his vehicle before that.

"Considering how hard or bad - whichever way you want to look at it - the weekend has been, we're going to start third place tomorrow so that's at least something good", Raikkonen said. "The weather could be important tomorrow but starting first, I won't complain if the rain stays away". "I don't think it'll make a big difference, it's a slower tyre", he said.

Lewis Hamilton praised his Mercedes team and the speed of his updated auto Friday after dominating both practice sessions for the Austrian Grand Prix with record-breaking times.

The bucolic calm that hangs over the Red Bull Ring circuit is set to be shattered this weekend, as title rivals Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel resume their battle for the championship after their controversial Baku crash in Sunday's Austrian Grand Prix.