Hamilton to start fifth in Austria after grid penalty

2019 French GP

2019 French GP

The summer break in Formula One is usually when rumours regarding where drivers will be for the next season begin.

"It's true that a year ago at this point we were more competitive but it is what it is now.what is important is to look back at these races and understand what we need to do better".

Aston Martin Red Bull Racing team principal Christian Horner has expressed his happiness with his star driver Max Verstappen starting as high as he is, with the Dutchman qualifying in third but starting from second because of a Lewis Hamilton penalty. "With the updates we brought to the auto we had really good performance".

Hamilton will be after his seventh win of the season Sunday.

"I know Jean is level, but the fact is he's been with the red team for so long, surely when he wakes up, if there's a red T-shirt and a silver T-shirt, surely he goes for the red one", said the Briton. The reason is because Kevin Magnussen in fifth place also has a grid penalty (of five places due to a gearbox change) and the Haas driver effectively leaves an empty space on the grid behind Hamilton.

When Sebastian Vettel started seventh in Paul Ricard, the question was how far up the field he could climb, but on that occasion the Mercedes was clearly the quickest vehicle.

Leclerc, 21, confirmed the pace he showed in Friday's practice in sweltering conditions at the Red Bull Ring.

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"There is a long way to go before we fight for victory but this is a really good start for the Team and we will give it everything we have tomorrow".

Mercedes have a point to prove form a year ago where neither vehicle managed to finish, allowing Max Verstappen to take the win.

"But it's very hard and if they don't run into issues, it's struggling for us to challenge them".

"I've seen enough of the stewards lately", said Raikkonen, who is set to make his 300th Grand Prix start on Sunday. Those opening laps will be crucial.

Lando Norris will start from fifth place for the second consecutive race, but won't have his team mate alongside him as he did at Paul Ricard.

"Charles, congratulations to him, he has been quick all weekend and we've not been able to keep up with him", Hamilton said.

"The vehicle felt incredible, in FP1 (first practice) I struggled a little bit but in FP2 we made some changes and it was quite good", Leclerc said.

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