Hamilton: Rosberg was quicker in Austria on Sunday


Lewis Hamilton’s hopes of a first victory at the Austrian Grand Prix on Sunday were dashed following an uncharacteristic error that saw the Briton incur a five-second time penalty.

Hamilton lost the lead at the start of the race, and was pushing hard when exiting the pit lane after stopping for fresh tires on lap 35.

However, after crossing the white line at pit exit and not staying within the set boundary, Hamilton received a five-second penalty that would be added to his final finishing time, ending his hopes of beating Rosberg.

Speaking on the podium after the race, Hamilton did not dwell on the matter, and was instead full of praise for Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg following his win in Austria.

“Today Nico did a fantastic job,” Hamilton said. “At the end of the day, he was quicker during the race.

“I had a really bad start which obviously lost me ground. After that, I was pushing as hard as I could.

“I think in the second stint it was really just about making the distance, and that’s what I was trying to do.”

With this defeat, Hamilton’s lead at the top of the Formula 1 drivers’ championship has fallen to just ten points, but he will be hoping to redress the balance on home soil at the British Grand Prix in two weeks’ time.

Andretti Autosport picks James Hinchcliffe for last 3 races of season

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James Hinchcliffe will finish the NTT IndyCar Series season for Andretti Autosport, replacing Zach Veach in the No. 26 Dallara-Honda.

The team made the announcement Friday afternoon that Hinchcliffe will return after racing for Andretti at Texas Motor Speedway, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course and the Indianapolis 500.

Hinchcliffe, who also has worked as an IndyCar on NBC analyst and pit reporter, will race in the Oct. 2-3 doubleheader race weekend at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course and the Oct. 25 season finale at St. Petersburg, Florida.

“It’s always unfortunate to have to change drivers this far into a season, but we have to look at finishing the year the best we can for the 26 team and start evaluating and looking at options for 2021,” team owner Michael Andretti said in a release. “James has an existing relationship with our team that we’d love to build on and it makes the most sense for him to step in for these last three races. We are looking forward to seeing what he can do.”

Hinchcliffe has a season-best finish of seventh in the Indy 500. He had been working on trying to put together a deal for next season after scrambling to secure a partial schedule this year when he lost his ride at Arrow McLaren SP after 2020 with a year left on his deal.

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“I know, probably better than most, what Zach is feeling right now, and I have to say that he has handled everything about as class act as you can,” Hinchcliffe said. “I’ve known Zach as a teammate, before that as a colleague and even before that as a friend, and he is a guy that I respect in every way. I know he is a fighter and will fight back to where he wants to be.

“For me now, my focus is 100% on racing the Harvest GP and getting the best possible results for Gainbridge, for Honda, for Michael and for the team. I obviously haven’t been on a road course in a while, but at least the last time I was, it was here at IMS! Hopefully that puts us in a good position to go out there and have a strong weekend.”