Hamilton hit by three-place grid penalty in Austrian GP

2019 French GP

We probably shouldn't be talking about Leclerc's maiden victory, because he looked set to secure it the last time he started from pole.

"It's true that past year at this point we were more competitive but it is what it is now.what is important is to look back at these races and understand what we need to do better".

Lewis Hamilton will start the Austrian Grand Prix from fifth after being handed a three-place grid penalty for impeding Kimi Raikkonen. However, since a change in approach last weekend in Paul Ricard, the 21-year-old insists he is even more comfortable with his auto and backed that up with his performance on Saturday.

"I think he needs a couple more lieutenants, he needs to have less responsibility in the team and just more reassurance that the Monday to Friday stuff is going to be dealt with", he told Reuters.

That eventually translated into fourth place on the provisional grid, due to another penalty being applied first to Haas's Kevin Magnussen. But off the back of four straight wins, how Hamilton responds to not being favourite will be fascinating.

'At the end of the day, he will get past because he has a quicker auto.

"We will keep faith, until the end, but of course we are all aware that the gap is quite big - and it's going to be very hard to catch up". That luxury tends to only fall to the top three - although McLaren were also able to in France - and on Saturday, it was a split decision.

"This year, our race finishing record has been good, but it would be complacent to ignore the fact that for two weekends in a row now, our mechanics had to perform the equivalent of "open-heart surgery" on our cars".

"We have not done a long run and normally I will always trust how it feels".

"I've seen enough of the stewards lately", said Raikkonen, who is set to make his 300th Grand Prix start on Sunday.

"That race was a cruel reminder of how quickly things can go wrong in our sport, and that reliability and performance go hand in hand in F1", he said. His target will be the points, while Norris will have to fight off the challenge from Alfa Romeo, who start from sixth and seventh after a strong qualifying.

"It feels good, the vehicle felt wonderful, but I'm very sorry for the team for what happened to Seb", Leclerc said after hearing the result on team radio.

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