In the round-up: Lewis Hamilton admitted frustration got the better of him in the Austrian Grand Prix.
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Austrian GP was confusing for Hamilton
Hamilton endured a disappointing race at the Red Bull Ring, suffering a handling imbalance in the early laps and becoming the first of many drivers to collect a penalty for exceeding track limits. He fell to seventh at the flag, which became after he received another penalty.
He spent several laps reporting other drivers for their track limits violations. Afterwards Hamilton admitted it hadn’t been one of his best performances.
“There are days when I can say I’m truly proud of myself and days like today when frustration takes over,” he said in a post on social media. “In a race it can feel like you’re hanging off a cliff and losing the strength to hold on.
“It’s confusing for us to have such strong performances one day and then be nowhere the next. But when you really care about what you’re doing you brush it off and keep fighting!”
F2 team “forget to serve penalty”
Kush Maini has been given a five-place grid drop for the next race he competes in after failing to serve a penalty during the Formula 2 feature race in Austria.
The Campos Racing driver was given a five-second time penalty for multiple track limit violations during the race. That should have been carried out during his pit stop, but the stewards noted “the team simply forgot to serve the penalty” when Maini came in to pit immediately ahead of his team mate Ralph Boschung.
As Maini later retired from the race the penalty could not be added to his race time. The stewards have therefore given him a grid drop which he is expected to be served this weekend at Silverstone.
Floersch loses first F3 points
Sophia Floersch has lost her first points finish of the season, and the first for a female driver in the FIA F3 series, after being disqualified from the Formula 3 feature race in Austria.
The PHM driver crossed the finishing line in ninth, but on inspection her car was found in breach of article 4.3.13 of the technical regulations as its front wing endplates were less than 70mm above the reference plane.
Montoya penalised for Colapinto clash
Sebastian Montoya was given a 10-second time penalty for causing a collision with Franco Colapinto on the final lap of the feature race. The two drivers went side-by-side into turn six, Montoya on the outside, when their front wheels touched. Both went off the track and dropped down the order.
The stewards deemed the Red Bull junior “wholly responsible” for the collision and added two penalty points to his licence. That dropped Montoya from 10th to 20th in the final classification. His and Floersch’s penalties elevated Pepe Marti and Leonardo Fornaroli into ninth and tenth respectively.
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Notable posts from Twitter, Instagram and more:
— Chantelle-Emma Hilton (@Channerz_Maiden) July 2, 2023
There will be more time penalties applied to competitors in the Austrian GP. Thankfully not the top three. That results can be changed hours after the event’s ending is disappointing. That said, I won the Belgian GP in 1994 when I was in the airport lounge in Brussels #f1
— Damon Hill (@HillF1) July 2, 2023
— 周冠宇 | Zhou Guanyu 🇨🇳 (@ZhouGuanyu24) July 2, 2023
Can’t wait to see @AlexPalou make it into @F1.
This guy is the real deal! Think McLaren have some sort of arrangement but obviously no seat available for a while – unles we can get Lando into Red Bull or Ferrari??
— Tiff Needell 🏁 (@tiff_tv) July 2, 2023
— Christopher DeHarde (@CDeHarde) July 2, 2023
1998 Long Beach
Front row: B. Herta/B. Rahal
Winner: Alex Zanardi, Ganassi Honda, in a year en route to his 2nd title
— Tony DiZinno (@tonydizinno) July 2, 2023
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