Lewis Hamilton has said “a lot of damage” cost him an easy second in Austria, as he rues more damage done to his title hopes.
Hamilton had a decent dice with Lando Norris in the early stages of the Austrian Grand Prix, before getting clear in second spot before his first stop. Afterwards, his engineer came onto the radio to say he had car damage, something Hamilton believes cost him an easy podium.
“I already said before the race that it would be very hard to beat Max of course,” Hamilton said. “But obviously it’s frustrating to lose so much downforce on the rear of the car and not be able to hold on to second place. So a lot of points lost today.”
“I would have been second. I was in second when all of a sudden it obviously broke. It would have been an easy second, generally. But obviously not able to catch those guys ahead.”
“I wasn’t going over the curb more than anyone else, so I have no idea where it happened, but there’s a lot of damage.”
It’s a massive blow for his title hopes, as Hamilton has lost 20 points in the past two races to Max Verstappen, who leads the title coming into Silverstone next weekend, when Formula 1 returns.