Formula 1 – Austrian Grand Prix – Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) on his accident in Q3: “I was incredibly disappointed”

The mystery continues in Mercedes. The team has been unable to give any explanation for the accidents that occurred to its drivers, Lewis Hamilton and George Russell, during the last part of the classification on Friday at the Austrian Grand Prix. In the midst of the attack, the seven-time world champion, 37, lost the back of his W13 on lap 7, turned on the gravel and then stopped abruptly against a protective wall. A side impact that caused a lot of damage to the right side and poses a threat of a start from last place on the sprint race start grid on Saturday, if major repairs are needed.

As for his young teammate, he finished a few minutes later at the bottom of corner 10, the other way around. For a perhaps less worrying and in any case less punitive damage since he saved his fifth place finish.

Austrian Grand Prix

Verstappen at the pole after a chaotic session, Leclerc and Sainz in an ambush


“I have no answer”

Fourth in the standings in Montreal, fifth at Silverstone when he could have expected better without a strategic error by his team, Lewis Hamilton attacked for a good spot. “I’m sorry I damaged the car”he reacted instantly. You were playing P2 – P3 “, his engineer, Peter Bonington, assured the radio when he heard the news. Back in the mixed zone, the record of victories in Formula 1 (103) detailed the circumstances of his accident.

“I was incredibly disappointed and very sorry for the team.he repeated to Sky Sports. Everyone worked hard to get the car in shape and I never like to get it damaged again. ” As for the cause of their setbacks, we will have to wait. “I have no answer for that, I just lost the last one on lap 7 and that’s it.he confessed. We didn’t expect to be so close today, so it’s a big positive for the team. “

“Lewis was totally flying”

Returning to his garage on foot crossing the track without permission during the red flag, George Russell was summoned by the race management and risks a penalty. But next to the track, this Friday has opened up prospects. “It’s probably our best ranking of the year in terms of team speed, but probably the worst in terms of result.He said. I don’t get carried away. Lewis was doing a phenomenal job, he was totally flying. I think I was probably wrong about setting up for qualifying, but maybe I’m in a good position for the race. “

“These two should never fight for this situation, crackhe loved Toto Wolff, the director of the Grays team, at the British station. We gave them ten weekends in a row a car that wasn’t up to par, and now that we’re starting to be ahead of the others, it can happen to lose the car. I’d rather have a fast car and qualify so I don’t have the pace to be in the top four. “

Lack of spare parts?

“Yes, we are surprised. Spielberg has always been a race where we have fought. Even in our best days we have not been very good, so we did not expect to go one step further in terms of performance. But little by little , things are fitting in. “

Lewis Hamilton and George Russell will at least get a little out of their way the rest of the weekend, as they will have an additional 28 laps on Saturday before the speeding ahead of Sunday’s Austrian Grand Prix. But with cars in what state, that’s the question. “We continue to assess the extent of the damage but both accidents damaged the same components in each car, which complicates things from the point of view of spare parts”confessed Andrew Shovlin, the chief engineer.

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