Lewis Hamilton summarised his result at the Austrian Grand Prix as “damage limitation” after falling further adrift of Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg in the race for this year’s Formula One world championship.
Hamilton was forced to again settle for finishing as runner-up behind Rosberg as Mercedes scored a sixth one-two in eight races to continue their domination of the current campaign.
Ahead of his home race, the British Grand Prix at Silverstone in two weeks’ time, Hamilton now trails Rosberg by 29 points in the drivers’ standings as the German has yet to finish out of the top two this year.
For Hamilton, there was the realisation he should never have started from such a lowly position initially, a consequence of his errors in qualifying that left him without a time in the final session. Naturally it would have been great if I’d started where perhaps I should have done this weekend - but damage limitation.
“To go from ninth to second and be pressuring Nico at the end of the race really shows the pace I had this weekend.”
Assessing the gap between them, Hamilton added: “Nico’s done a great job. He’s finished every race and fortunately hasn’t had any car problems.”