2014 F1

Hamilton: I won’t focus on any frustrations from the past

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After his second retirement of the season at Canada, Lewis Hamilton dominantly set fastest time in Austrian GP Friday second practice and he expecting best result in Red Bull ring. After stepping out of his car, Hamilton spoke to reporters; we highlight there some vital points of Q&A.

Q: Did you talk internally about the Montreal strategy?
Lewis Hamilton:
 We have spoken about it – not necessarily about the pit stop. I think it had more to do with the fact that Nico was in clear air in front of me, so he constantly got cool, free, clean air coming in and by following very closely behind all the time I had dirty, warm air coming in. Therefore it’s logical that you see differences in temperature, and as we were both on the limit, I went over the limit.

Q: Have you ever experienced something like the Montreal situation in a race before?
Hamilton: No, I’ve never experienced losing power like that. But as I said before, we’ve understood the problem and so we have put that issue behind us.

Q: This track is called the ‘Red Bull Ring’. Is there more motivation not to let them win here?
Hamilton: I come here not even focusing on them at all. I am focusing on my own performance. And it’s a bit strange because they say it’s their home Grand Prix, but in reality they are a British team. It’s just a name.

Q: Do you think that Red Bull will come even closer here?
Hamilton: No, I don’t think so. Just look at the time sheet. And my car felt fantastic today. It was such a pleasure this afternoon to do my job. (laughs)

Q: So if you had to make a forecast, what would it look like?
Hamilton: I always think positive. I don’t want to focus on any frustrations from the past. My guess is that we will do well – and that the fans will see an exciting race.

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