Lewis Hamilton has set his sights on winning this weekend’s Austrian Grand Prix in a bid to make up for his near-miss at last year’s race and “put things right”.
A mistake in qualifying at the Red Bull Ring in 2014 left Hamilton ninth on the grid, and although he was able to fight his way up into the podium positions early on, he was unable to stop teammate Nico Rosberg from winning the race.
The Austrian Grand Prix is one of the few in F1 that Hamilton has never won, having only rejoined the calendar in 2014 after an 11-year absence.
However, the defending world champion is keen to put that right this weekend and extend his lead over Rosberg at the top of the drivers’ standings.
“It was a great feeling to finally get back on top in Canada and add to the great memories I have there,” Hamilton said, reflecting on his victory two weeks ago.
“Now, though, it’s time to move on and put things right at a circuit I had a tough introduction to last year – Austria.
“Although I struggled in qualifying, starting down in ninth, it was actually a great race fighting back through the field. I think I was about fourth or fifth by the end of the first lap and then just kept chipping away to claw my way back to the podium, which was really good fun.
“Of course, I’ll be working hard to have a clearer shot at the win on Sunday. Whatever happens, though, you can be sure the atmosphere will be incredible. Last year the grandstands were absolutely packed and the fans were just insane, so I’m looking forward to putting on a show for them.”
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