Hamilton keen to ‘put things right’

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Published: Wednesday 17th June 2015 by The News Editor

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Lewis Hamilton has vowed to “put things right” at this weekend’s Austrian Grand Prix as he bids to cement his lead at the summit of the Formula One world championship with back-to-back wins.

Hamilton, who romped to a dominant victory in Canada earlier this month, spun during qualifying and could only start from ninth at last year’s race at the Red Bull Ring.

Felipe Massa secured an all-Williams front row with team-mate Valtteri Bottas second. It m arked the last time either Hamilton or his Mercedes team-mate Rosberg failed to start a race from pole position.

While Rosberg went on to win last year’s grand prix in Spielberg and Hamilton recovered from ninth to finish second, the 30-year-old is hoping for a more straightforward race this time around on Sunday.

“It was a great feeling to finally get back on top in Canada and to add to the great memories I have there,” said Hamilton, a four-time winner at the Gilles Villeneuve Circuit.

“Now, though, it’s time to move on and put things right at a circuit I had a tough introduction to last year.

“Although I struggled in qualifying, starting down in ninth, it was actually a great race fighting back through the field. Of course, I’ll be working hard to have a clearer shot at the win on Sunday.”

Hamilton bounced back from his miserable Monaco Grand Prix in May – where an inexplicable decision to call him in for a late pit stop lost him the race – to claim a comfortable win in Montreal that extended his lead over rival Rosberg in the championship to 17 points.

He led his German team-mate home in yet another Mercedes one-two finish, the team’s fourth from seven races this term.

But Toto Wolff, Mercedes’ motorsport boss, insists the British-based outfit must be wary of their rivals.

“The battle is far from over,” he said. “Coming away with another top result in Canada, it would be easy to sit back and think we’ve got everything under control. But in reality, this is never the case.

“Not only did that race require a careful balancing act from the pit wall and from the drivers, but we also saw that there is more to come from our competitors – even if maybe it wasn’t clear from the result.

“Austria will provide a tough test. We had a challenging weekend there last year and fully expect another close competition this time around.”

Published: Wednesday 17th June 2015 by The News Editor

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