There aren’t many tracks on the current Formula 1 calendar where Lewis Hamilton hasn’t won, but the Red Bull Ring in Austria is one of them.
Of the 21 tracks on this year’s schedule, it’s only at the Red Bull Ring in Austria, streets of Baku (just completed and of course only had its first race), the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez in Mexico City and Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace in Sao Paulo, Brazil where Hamilton hasn’t won in his career.
If he can get through a weekend without engine or mechanical gremlins, as has frequently ailed him this season, he should be well suited to tick Austria off his list.
“Baku started out great but, clearly, it just wasn’t meant to be that weekend,” he admitted in the team’s pre-race release. “It’s a shame I wasn’t really in the race – but there’s no point talking about ‘ifs’ and ‘buts’. It’s one to put behind me, take the positives in terms points on the board and move on.
“We’ve got an old school track there in Spielberg. It’s fast, with a good flow to it. It’s tough to overtake but there are places you can try something different so that’s a good challenge. It’s definitely a big advantage starting up front there, though, so I need to get back on it in qualifying and do a better job than last time out.
“Austria is a beautiful country and I always enjoy my time there, so it would be great to get a win there and tick it off the list. That’s the aim, as always, so let’s see how it goes.”
Hamilton has finished second to Mercedes AMG Petronas teammate Nico Rosberg in each of the last two Austrian Grands Prix, his only two starts at the circuit.