HAMIL­TON: I’M STILL THE TOP DOG

Daily Mirror - - SPORT - FROM KYE NEW­TON

LEWIS HAMIL­TON says he is head­ing to his home Grand Prix with con­fi­dence de­spite fin­ish­ing off the podium for the sec­ond con­sec­u­tive race.

Hamil­ton was forced to start from eighth in Aus­tria af­ter a five-place penalty for an il­le­gal gear­box change.

But af­ter fight­ing his way quickly to fifth and only miss­ing out on third when Daniel Ric­cia­rdo man­aged to hold off his over­tak­ing move on the penul­ti­mate lap, Hamil­ton de­clared him­self raring to go ahead of Sun­day’s Bri­tish Grand Prix at Sil­ver­stone.

“I don’t think there’s a call for me to do any­thing else than I’m al­ready do­ing,” he said. “When I go and look at the race pace, I was ac­tu­ally quick­est so I ac­tu­ally had the strong­est race.“

Hamil­ton’s Mercedes team­mate Valt­teri Bot­tas won by lead­ing from pole to flag af­ter pulling off a mirac­u­lously-quick start. The stew­ards in­ves­ti­gated whether he had jumped the start, only to deem the fly­ing Finn had timed it to per­fec­tion, with a 0.201sec re­ac­tion time.

But cham­pi­onship leader Se­bas­tian Vettel, who came home sec­ond, was less than con­vinced that Bot­tas had not made a false start.

The Ger­man said: “From my point of view, he jumped the start – I was sure that he did.“

PAIN AND PLEA­SURE Hamil­ton is fed up as Bot­tas cel­e­brates

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