Regardless of Lewis Hamilton’s quickest time in FP2, there was little hope within the Mercedes clan on the night of day one of many Austrian Grand Prix. The fears of the star model have been confirmed as we speak, with a disappointing qualifying session concluded in fourth place for the reigning World Champion. Hamilton let Max Verstappen take pole place for the fourth time this 12 months and surprisingly he was additionally crushed by Lando Norris on equal tires. Solely fourth, the # 44 will begin from the second row on the beginning grid on Sunday, alongside Sergio Pérez.
“I proceed to lack rhythm”, he complained to Sky Sports activities. “I’ve tried the whole lot to get extra out of the automotive however that is the place we’re proper now. So we actually have to seek out some efficiency for the subsequent races. I do not know if McLaren has made an enchancment, however they have been tremendous quick as we speak, Lando did job. We simply must attempt to enhance. “
Every week in the past, on the identical observe, Hamilton certified on the entrance row and crossed the end line in second place. In keeping with the Briton, repeating the results of the Styrian Grand Prix will probably be extraordinarily tough given the distinction in tempo between the Mercedes W12 and Crimson Bull RB16B. Hamilton even introduced that championship rival Max Verstappen’s Sunday ought to be like a stroll within the park.
“Based mostly on the pure rhythm, [la victoire] is unquestionably irrelevant “, he continued. “[Red Bull] has his two vehicles in entrance of us and they’re three tenths within the lap forward of us, I believe they improved their automotive even additional this weekend. It will be a straightforward win for Max. For us, we should attempt to get forward of not less than Pérez, and attempt to restrict the harm. “
Within the second Mercedes, Valtteri Bottas certified in fifth place, three tenths off pole from Verstappen. The Finn admitted he anticipated to be nearer to the crimson bull steady in qualifying. “We’re again in line a bit in comparison with final weekend and different groups [ont gagné] extra time than us “, he defined. “I might say we’re perhaps a tenth or two lacking. I do not know if it is due to the [pneumatique tendre] C5 or if McLaren has clearly discovered one thing. “No Video(s) Found