Especially as Hamilton needs one more title to equal Michael Schumacher's record of seven.
But on a dramatic day, in front of empty grandstands and an almost-empty paddock at the Red Bull Ring, he was handed a trio of penalties en route to fourth place in the Covid-19 delayed season-opening Austrian Grand Prix. Not easy for Bottas when Hamilton is among the best drivers at overtaking in F1 history, and when a chaotic race restarts three times behind a safety vehicle.
"There was definitely quite a bit of pressure".
Albon had taken advantage of one such safety vehicle period to pit for a new set of soft tyres, and looked as if he had the pace to challenge Hamilton and Bottas, both of whom were on worn hard tyres and had been told to look after their cars by their engineers, who were concerned about a gearbox sensor issue on both cars. "So I think it is more perhaps Lewis that the questions should be asked of what he would do differently".
'I can be the guinea pig and keep speaking out.
Red Bull's Max Verstappen finished third, with Britain's Lando Norris delivering the best performance of his career to qualify fourth for McLaren.
The dramatic season-opener acted as a jolt back into the sport since its suspension since March due to the coronavirus.
Stewards investigated Hamilton post-qualifying for allegedly failing to slow for yellow flags and he was ultimately cleared as footage "confirmed there have been yellow flags and green light panels at the same time, and therefore conflicting signals were shown to the driver". "It feels like a victory today". "It was unfortunate because I think he would have had a chance to win the race today". The other four ended up Daniil Kvyat, Carlos Sainz, Antonio Giovinazzi and Kimi Raikkonen.
Lewis Hamilton, who has been making use of his sizable system to discuss out towards racial and social injustice, knelt on the entrance line wearing a Black Life Issue T-shirt, although the rest of the drivers experienced "Stop Racism" published on theirs. "I'll take whatever penalty they feel like I deserve and move forward". I regret that, so it was important for me to play my part this time. "So I continue to try and be that guide, try to influence". I don't want it to be the case of people feeling forced. I'm just supporting the whole movement that the whole world seems to be coming together for ending racism. None of us are "anti" this.
"We got a bit unlucky in the last run". Interesting. But it was good that we're all at least in discussion.
Leclerc said taking a knee "could be seen as controversial in some countries".
Verstappen echoed Leclerc's comments, writing: "I am very committed to equality and the struggle against racism".
"Everyone has a right to that choice and for me kneeling was the right thing", he added.
However, Red Bull called for a review of that decision on Sunday ahead of the race after the 360 degree camera on Hamilton's auto also showed him passing a yellow flag panel.
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