Hamilton explains reason for slow start

By on Sunday, June 21, 2015
Mercedes AMG Petronas

Mercedes AMG Petronas

Lewis Hamilton said that a minor issue led to extra wheel spin at the start of the Austrian Grand Prix, which contributed to his defeat to Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg.

Hamilton started from pole position but lost the lead to Rosberg off the line, with a challenging on the run up to Turn 2 ultimately proving futile.

Hamilton trailed Rosberg across the remainder of the race as his team-mate collected victory.

"I had a problem with what we call the weight revs, I took my foot off the gas and the throttle was still on, dumped the clutch and just had lots of wheel spin," he said.

"[It's] not the best way to start the race but something we’ll work on and improve on my side of the garage."

Hamilton nonetheless accepted that he was not able to match Rosberg throughout the race.

"[It] was straightforward, [I was] keeping up with Nico in the first stint, in the second stint Nico had better pace, so congratulations to him, otherwise it was just bringing the car home," he concluded.


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