Podium ‘a small token of my appreciation’ to Mercedes for big car rebuild, says Hamilton

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Lewis Hamilton says he was “so happy” to claim his third consecutive Austrian Grand Prix podium, a result he sees as “a small token of my appreciation” to Mercedes who have worked so hard to rebuild their car after an unusual accident during qualifying. .

Starting eighth on the grid, Hamilton’s Mercedes showed better pace than he was able to in Saturday’s F1 Sprint, allowing him to force his way through the field in fourth, which became third when Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz retired with engine failure.

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“I feel really good; I’m so happy with today, especially after such a tough start to the weekend,” said the seven-time world champion, who finished one place ahead of teammate George Russell.

“We looked so good in qualifying and then I crashed, and it was about figuring that out.

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“The team worked so hard to build a new car with me. Naturally it affects everything, it affects our budget, it affects so many people who have to build new parts, so it’s never a good feeling, so Getting up there and getting some good points for the team is hopefully a little sign of my appreciation. I’m really happy to be third and fourth.

Mercedes had shown improved pace throughout the Austrian Grand Prix weekend, with the Silver Arrows appearing to have closed the gap to Red Bull and Ferrari – but that wasn’t enough to drag them into the fight for the title. victoire.

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“I don’t know why they were so fast here,” said Hamilton, who is the only driver to take the checkered flag in every race so far this year. “We’re just going to keep pushing. We’re not too bad, some of our laps were comparable so we’re getting there slowly. We just have to keep snacking.

Hamilton’s third-place finish on Sunday means he has finished outside the top five just once in 11 visits to the Red Bull Ring. He also broke the 100-point mark and sits sixth in the drivers’ standings, 99 behind leader Max Verstappen.

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