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Sport Hamilton plays down absence from F1 Live event

20:00  13 july  2017
20:00  13 july  2017 Source:   readsport.co

Hamilton left 'frustrated' after qualifying means P8 start

  Hamilton left 'frustrated' after qualifying means P8 start Lewis Hamilton was left ‘frustrated’ after a tough qualifying session left him in third place, meaning he will start eighth for Sunday’s Austrian Grand Prix. After looking very fast through all three practice sessions, Hamilton was set to odds on for pole position, however, he was beaten by his Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas and title rival Sebastian Vettel. “It’s been a frustrating day for me,” said Hamilton. “I had a chance to be the fastest today and I didn’t quite put it all together on that final lap in Q3. I’m disappointed with my performance in Q3: it would have been great to do a better lap but it obviously wasn’t meant to be. “Valtteri did a fantastic job though to take pole. The gearbox issue hasn’t played on my mind during the weekend but after qualifying, you realise you’re starting further back.” The three-time world champion did go through Q2 on the supersoft tyre, this means he does have options to go longer than his rivals in the opening laps of the race. Mercedes’ differing strategy for him could be put aside as the weather forecast does predict heavy rain for the race, Hamilton stated he is prepared to bide his time and see what will come his way. Hamilton added: “I think it will be tough to make progress tomorrow. The pack is a lot closer than in 2014 when I fought up to P2. But perhaps the weather can come into play. I’ll work as hard as I can to recover and try to get as many points as possible. “We still have great pace and the car has been fantastic here, so I know I’ve got the car to do the job. Let’s see how it all plays out tomorrow.

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Lewis Hamilton says preparing for this weekend’s British Grand Prix in the best way he could was the main reason for his absence from Wednsday’s F1 Live event in London.

Hamilton was criticised for being the only driver not to attend the event, which proved to be extremely popular amongst the fans in attendance as Formula 1 drivers took to the streets of the capital.

After losing more ground to Sebastian Vettel in the title race after his fourth place finish in Austria, Hamilton flew to Greece for a small break in preparation for his home race at Silverstone.

When questioned in the FIA press conference for his reasoning to not appear at F1 Live, Hamilton defended his decision, citing the intensity of the 2017 season as an important focus.

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A bumper crowd turned out to watch Formula 1 cars run up and down Whitehall on Wednesday night as the sport returned to the streets of The high-profile absentee from the event was Hamilton . Don't miss the British GP live on Sky Sports F 1 on July 16 - lights out for the race is at 1pm.

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“Everyone had the right to make the decision for themselves,” said Hamilton.

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“For me, I felt that it’d been a pretty intense season so far, so I needed to prepare the best way that I could for this weekend, and the season is the most important thing to me.”

The three-time champion goes into the weekend looking to match Jim Clark’s record of four consecutive British Grand Prix victories – and Hamilton admitted he appreciates the support of the fans whenever he races on home soil.

“I feel like I prepared the best way I could for this weekend,” he added. “People have opinions, but it’s a very intense season and I’m trying to prepare for the battle ahead. I love this Grand Prix.

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Lewis Hamilton has played down talk he could walk away from F 1 early and revealed he does not necessarily aim to retire when on top. 2pm UK starts for both Qualifying and the Race live from Baku on Sky F 1 this weekend.

Formula One is putting on a historic live event for fans in the U.K. ahead of the British Grand Prix, but the driver who many of them most want to see won’t be there. As a result, Hamilton ’s absence will be very noticeable, especially given his popularity among British fans.

“I don’t think yesterday plays a role in how great this Grand Prix is for me.You get people who have saved up so much to come to this Grand Prix.

“You will have seen from previous years how much I respect and appreciate that. And that doesn’t change.”

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Hamilton: no current reason to quit F1 .
Lewis Hamilton says there is no current reason for him to retire from Formula 1 at the end of this season, amid speculation about his long-term future. Hamilton, who closed to within one point of Sebastian Vettel after winning the British Grand Prix, refused to rule out calling an end to his career but insisted it would be unlikely. It is suggested the three-time champion could walk away from the sport after 2017 with other projects in mind, however, Hamilton says he will honour his Mercedes contract which runs out next year “I can’t really say what is going to happen six months from now,” said Hamilton. “I love driving and you could say it [retiring] is very unlikely, I’m just saying that you don’t know what frame of mind I am going to be at Christmas time. Hopefully it’s a really good one with a fourth title. “I feel like I’m at my prime. I feel like I’m driving better than ever and I’m loving driving with the team. So I can’t imagine…there is no current reason to want to have to stop. “I’m still enjoying it and I still have a contract with the team for at least a year so I plan to see that out at the moment.” Should Hamilton go on to win a fourth championship, he would be the first Briton to achieve that feat, but the 32-year-old says the hunger to add to his ever-growing tally will continue to remain until he stops driving. “Even if I do get another championship, it would never be a case of ‘now it’s time to hang up my gloves’,” he added. “I will always want to win more even when I do stop. The focus at the moment is just getting that fourth.

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