Hamilton eyes first Austria victory

By on Monday, June 27, 2016
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Reigning World Champion Lewis Hamilton is eyeing a return to the top step of the podium as he chases success at the Austrian Grand Prix for the first time.

The Red Bull Ring is one of only four circuits on the current calendar where Hamilton has yet to savour victory, along with Baku, Mexico City and Interlagos.

Hamilton collected pole position at the Red Bull Ring in 2015 but lost out to Nico Rosberg at the start, as he finished second to his Mercedes team-mate in Austria for the second successive season.

"We've got an old school track there in Spielberg," said Hamilton.

"It's fast, with a good flow to it. It's tough to overtake but there are places you can try something different so that's a good challenge.

"It's definitely a big advantage starting up front there, though, so I need to get back on it in qualifying and do a better job than last time out.

"Austria is a beautiful country and I always enjoy my time there, so it would be great to get a win there and tick it off the list. That's the aim, as always, so let's see how it goes."

Hamilton currently trails Rosberg by 24 points in the championship.

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