Lewis Hamilton has ruled out the Austrian Grand Prix, predicting a ‘easy’ race. Max Verstappen is the winner.
Lewis Hamilton will start fourth on the grid for the Austrian Grand Prix on Sunday.
After achieving the fourth-fastest time in qualifying for the Austrian Grand Prix, Lewis Hamilton has ruled out a win on Sunday. For the third race in a row, his primary title contender Max Verstappen starts on pole.
In front of a sold-out Red Bull Ring, Verstappen set a 1:03.720 lap, and McLaren’s Lando Norris, who starts second, was less than half a tenth behind after setting a 1:03.768 lap.
The roars of Verstappen’s fans reverberated throughout the Styrian Alps this weekend, as the Dutchman claimed his seventh career pole position in front of a sold-out audience.
Meanwhile, Hamilton starts behind Norris and Verstappen’s Red Bull teammate Sergio Perez, with Valtteri Bottas’ Mercedes starting fifth.
Last weekend, Verstappen dominated the Styrian Grand Prix on the Red Bull Ring, with Hamilton finishing second, and the Briton expects it to be much tougher this weekend over the same circuit.
“We tried everything to get more out of the car,” Hamilton told Sky Sports F1. “It was even more of a challenge than it was last week, and we continue to lack pace,” Hamilton continued.
“At the moment, it’s just the underlying speed that we’re at.
“So we’ve need to really find performance in the next few races; I’m not sure if McLaren has brought an update, but they’re super quick today,” he said.
“Lando [Norris] did an excellent job; all we have to do now is attempt to improve.
“When I look at the lap to Max’s, it’s the entire lap [we’re behind], just a little bit everywhere,” says the driver.
On Sunday, Hamilton will try to cut Verstappen’s 18-point lead in the driver’s standings, after the seven-time world champion fell behind after the Monaco Grand Prix.
With two Red Bulls and a McLaren in front of him, the 36-year-old believes victory is too far away.
“I would say so, on sheer pace, it’s clearly out of the question,” he continued.
“Those guys have two cars in front of them to pass, and they’re three tenths ahead of us, so I guess they’ve upgraded their car again this weekend.”
“I would say that for Max, that’s an easy cruise win; for us, I believe it’s a case of seeing what we can get.”Brinkwire Summary News”.