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GP Week : Issue 204
If they continue to run 1-2 , and Lewis wins every race, it will be Monza, in five races' time, before he can overtake Nico Rosberg. That’s the increasingly concerning maths for the frustrated Brit after again finishing second to his fast – and calculating – team-mate in Austria. Of course, a lot can upset that equation, but this race again pitted Rosberg’s metronomic efficiency against Hamilton’s on-the-edge pace and, like it or not, pragmatism won. In the end, it was Lewis’ qualifying errors which cost him dearly. Everyone loves someone who absolutely goes for it but, on this occasion, consecutive mistakes in Q3 pushed Lewis back to a grid nine start. His recovery was magnificent – a brilliant opening lap – but getting past Rosberg proved one challenge too much. Nico had it under control: “Well, I generally felt comfortable in the last few laps. I thought that I could keep a nice gap and just on the last lap my tyres dropped away a little bit but as soon as they got past the first couple of hairpins, I knew that I was going to be fine so it wasn’t as close as maybe some other races have been recently.” Lewis was succinct: “There wasn’t an opportunity to overtake.” The points gap was discussed post- race also: “29 points ... for sure it’s a nice gap but it’s still so early in the season. I really like to concentrate on each weekend and keep on trying to make the most of them and enjoying the moment, also with the car that we have. It’s so great to come to the next race at Silverstone, our home race, knowing that if I do a good job I can do pole and win the race. “So I’m more taking it step-by-step and every weekend my aim is to extend the championship lead which I managed to do this weekend Lewis: “Well, Nico’s done a great job. He’s finished every race and fortunately hasn’t had any car problems so it’s inevitable.” That is true. Rosberg is playing the percentages, and it may turn out to be the right way to have gone. Nico banks the points 28 GPWEEK.com // 28 GPWEEK.com // F1 >>> AUSTRIA PARTNERS: