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Grid penalty denies Hamilton Austria pole

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Redbull’s Lewis Hamilton made pole the goal after dominating the Austrian Grand Prix practice with a “fantastically fast” Mercedes on Friday and had to accept it was not going to happen the next day. The three times Formula 1 champion who has been on pole position at RedBull for the past two years was looking forward to hattrick in a bid to inch closer to breaking Michael Schumacher’s all-time record at 68.

The Brit will receive a five-place penalty for an unplanned gearbox change. Hamilton is on 66 poles meaning another great performance in Speilberg on next week Saturday would set him up to equal the record at Silverstone, his home British Grand Prix. Lewis told reporters after lowering his own circuit lap record twice during the two-day sessions that “the goal is the pole” and admitted, “it’s still going to be a tough race on Sunday for sure.”

Hamilton is the defending champion of the Austrian Grand Prix having won the race last year, but he’s still 14 points behind Sebastian Vettel of Ferrari after eight races but still, has a good chance of going into the August summer break with a lead. The Redbull championship lead also said the happenings in Azerbaijan a fortnight ago isn’t in any way affecting his calm and composure and look forward to reversing the unfortunate tide and winning the race.


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