Lewis Hamilton gives verdict after Alex Albon clash ruins Austrian Grand Prix podium hopes

Lewis Hamilton was eager to move on after seeing a coming together with Alex Albon ruin his chances of celebrating on the podium at Sunday’s Austrian Grand Prix. The Mercedes driver and Albon collided on Lap 61 in Spielberg as the Red Bull ace tried to dive down the outside of him just after Turn Four.

Red Bull’s Albon ended up in last place following the clash and went on to retire, while Hamilton carried on to finish second behind team-mate Valtteri Bottas.

However, the stewards – who had already dealt with Hamilton twice following incidents in qualifying on Saturday – slapped the reigning F1 champion with a five-second penalty which saw Charles Leclerc and Lando Norris leapfrog him.

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Hamilton was determined to draw a line under the coming together, which was reminiscent of his collision with Albon at last year’s Brazilian Grand Prix.

“I don’t really feel particularly any way right now,” Hamilton told Sky Sports F1. “The race is done and I just feel like moving forward. Of course, it’s not been a great weekend for me. And I think yesterday was entirely my fault.

“It was a bit odd, for sure today, in the preparation but it is what it is and that didn’t destabilise me. It just encouraged me to go out there and try and drive as best I could. I feel like I did. Obviously had great pace to catch up with Valtteri.

“And then a really unfortunate scenario with Alex. I can’t believe we’ve come together again. It really felt like a racing incident. But, either way, I’ll take whatever penalty they feel I deserve and move forward.”

Hamilton and Bottas were ordered on Mercedes team radio to nurse their W11s around the Red Bull Ring for the latter stages of the race due to potential gearbox issues.

Hamilton admitted he was in the dark as to the exact nature of the fault but insisted he had faith in his team to fix it.

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“I really don’t know what all of the problems are,” Hamilton said. “Obviously they tell us to stay off the kerbs but I don’t believe it’s the suspension, for example, which is usually [impacted] from the kerbs. I think it’s something else.

“I don’t know whether they’re going to be able to fix it in four days but I wouldn’t put it past my team. They’re such intelligent and hard-working people. I’m sure they’ll already be working right now to find a solution. Whether or not we can bring it to the next one, we’ll wait and see.”

Hamilton will return to the Red Bull Ring next Sunday for the Styrian Grand Prix as part of F1’s revamped 2020 calendar.

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