Hamilton admits race was damage limitation

By on Sunday, June 22, 2014
Mercedes AMG Petronas

Mercedes AMG Petronas

Lewis Hamilton has admitted that his Austrian Grand Prix was just a case of damage limitation after spinning off in qualifying.

Hamilton finished the race just a couple of seconds behind Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg, having started the race from ninth on the grid.

The Brit hailed his 'best ever' start in Formula 1 as he moved up to fourth, before picking off Williams duo Felipe Massa and Valtteri Bottas later on in the race.

"It was a great start, probably the best start I ever had in Formula 1, what I was hoping for," he said. "[It was] damage limitation today so I'm grateful I got that start, it really gave me a boost. We were in traffic so no problems with fuel consumption or tyres, it was just brakes.

"I needed to finish the lap yesterday, if I did the lap I was on it would have been a different result but it was damage limitation, a great result for the team, a 1-2, and I need to just work harder."

Mercedes technical director Paddy Lowe admits that the team did not expect to face such a threat from Williams.

"[It was a] very tough afternoon all the way from the beginning, a lot of stuff we had to manage," he said. "Great to get both cars home for a start and in the front positions is fantastic.

"We had a great gap on Friday but Williams did a great job on Saturday and today and were a tough competitor actually.

"I think the combination of tyres perhaps was a factor [for Williams] and it definitely favours an engine advantage. Silverstone will be different, we’re hoping to be strong there but we’ll head there and do our very best and targeting a win."

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