Lewis Hamilton has warned Mercedes are “slowly eating into” Red Bull and Ferrari as he praised the team for a “great recovery” in Austria. Hamilton
Lewis Hamilton has warned Mercedes are “slowly eating into” Red Bull and Ferrari as he praised the team for a “great recovery” in Austria. Hamilton’s weekend got off to a bad start on Friday after he crashed in Q3, minutes before team-mate George Russell also lost control.
However, the team took advantage of Carlos Saionz’s mechanical failure and Sergio Perez’s early retirement to claim another podium in Spielberg. When asked if he felt third was a good result for the Mercedes driver, Hamilton simply replied: “Definitely.”
He added: “Especially after a difficult Friday with the crash… I said sorry to the team of course but so proud of everyone for working so hard to rebuild the car. And also proud of everyone back at the factory for continuing to work hard.
“I don’t know what they did with those bits that I desired but hopefully we have some new benefits to come after that. This is a great recovery for us as a team to get a third and a fourth. It’s really great points, We’ve just got to keep our heads down and keep chipping away. We are slowly eating into the guys ahead but they are still pretty quick.”