Lewis Hamilton expects 'serious fight' with Ferrari

Max Verstappen wins Austrian F1 as Mercedes ruins Lewis Hamilton's day, Sebastian Vettel takes title lead

Verstappen wins in Austria as Vettel grabs lead in standings

In Austria, Vettel because of the fine started only sixth, but a double gathering of racers "the Mercedes of Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas helped the German to make the podium and take Hamilton the lead in the championship".

Donning the red white and blue, will Hamilton strike gold this weekend at Silverstone?

Verstappen hit the front after Mercedes kept Hamilton out on track during a virtual safety vehicle period that followed Bottas's retirement, with the other contenders pitting for fresh tyres. "I don't know how much that is in weight, but it's tonnes of weight going through these tyres and through your body". "I think immediately after the race and as soon as they got the auto back that evening there was a fix that was designed and put into test mode so the team are super on it and confident that we've done everything we can to made sure it doesn't happen again".

"The track is the fastest it has ever been", said Hamilton. In trying to explain how he had lost the lead of the race, Mercedes head strategist James Vowles apologised twice to Hamilton over team radio, which was broadcast publically across television channels. It's true that they are very, very strong around here and you'd expect them to be very strong tomorrow.

Having been resurfaced in February of this year, Pirelli have reacted to the strenuous demands of the grippy British Grand Prix track by bringing their hardest tyre compound selection for any race this season to Silverstone, including the new, ice blue-walled hard tyre.

"It's going to be the most physical race of the year for me, I think", said Hamilton. But I hope we can be there, it's going to be close. If we make sure we do things correctly and deliver 100 percent I believe we'll outperform the others. Hamilton insisted that they should have won the race.

"I mean, it's the bumpiest track I've ever experienced, it's bumpier than the Nordschleiffe, which is 100 years old".

A week on from their Austrian GP victory, Red Bull had a poor day - lacking speed, reliability and track time. "What I can say is, from the experiences like we had last weekend, the team are very, very reactive". I think it's happening everywhere else.

Fernando Alonso also had a big wobble as his McLaren ran wide but he managed to recover.

"He'd got enough in the tank to see off the challenge to the end of the race". "With Zak obviously we have a very close relationship even if it's a short time that we met".

"It would be great to take the lead back from Seb here, but I am really grateful to be in a position to fight for a win at Silverstone for a sixth time".

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