Hamilton set for record 17th GP win
The Austrian Grand Prix (GP) circuit may bear Red Bull’s name, but it is between the Mercedes drivers – and perhaps Ferrari – as to who will own the power-hungry circuit today.
At the recent Canadian Grand Prix, Lewis Hamilton bounced back to put an end to Nico Rosberg’s brief winning streak, cutting it short before it gained momentum. Rosberg’s race wins in Spain and Monaco reduced the deficit in the championship battle, but it is now back up to 17 points and, if Montreal is anything to go by, Hamilton is in epic form.
He crushed the opposition, namely Rosberg, last time out to take pole position and the victory, thereby extending his run to 16 successive Grands Prix that he has led. A 17th would equal Jackie Stewart’s record set from 1968 to 1971.
And everything about the Red Bull Ring says Hamilton can do it, as the characteristics of the track not only suit the W06 but also the racer in the world champion, who, even to those outside the car, always had Rosberg’s measure in Montreal.
An unusual track with its nine corners – seven righthanders and two to the left – it is the long straights in Austria that dictate the state of play.
A low downforce and powerhungry track – drivers are full throttle for 70% of the lap – firmly plays into Mercedes’ hands.
Ferrari, though, could yet pull a surprise.
Following the last race, there were several questions raised about the Scuderia’s form.
While team boss Maurizio Arrivabene said they did not reach their full potential due to “circumstances”, Hamilton felt fans
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