Australian Grand Prix confirms mid-March date for 2019 season

Ross Houston
July 6, 2018

He is now level with legendary compatriot Jim Clark and Alain Prost as the three joint-most successful drivers in the 69-year history of the race.

Mercedes lost the lead in both the Formula 1 constructors' and drivers' championships with a shocking double retirement at the Austrian Grand Prix - the team's first double retirement.

Prior to his retirement a poor strategy call had dropped Hamilton from the lead to fourth place, leading to head strategist James Vowles apologising to his driver over the team radio.

But with the Silver Arrows having won at Silverstone every year since 2013, the reigning world champions have the flawless chance to breathe new life into their double title defence. Meanwhile, after a storming weekend in Austria for Romain Grosjean, the Frenchman made an error at Turn 1 with half an hour remaining, losing the rear end of his VF-18 and ending up in the barriers, after his DRS appeared to accidentally stay open.

Yet while Hamilton can claim two memorable achievements in one, he insists his focus is simply on enjoying racing in front of his home crowd. I think we have to be very honest with ourselves and our fans that this is going to be a journey. "It's just the way this sport is - there's no way to be flawless and that would probably be worrying if that was the case". 'I hope it will be like that for the rest of the year. Of course it's a privilege to have the wins and even embark on a record but it is not even in the back of my mind. Given the popularity of AFL, the date change is expected to give breathing room to both the sporting events, which have clashed on the same weekend over the past two years. I will break it at some point.

"No, definitely not", he said, adding that this year's was no better: "We know we have less downforce this year than last year".

During the session he laughed and responded to another World Cup question by saying: "I was actually going to ask, what's the penalty for missing a press conference on Saturday?" It is uplifting in more ways than you can think of.

"Probably more like somewhere in-between, but I don't want to get into predictions".

"I just think all these things are unnecessary, because's not that you lose your mind or you do something insane because you intend to, but you try to push the limits and sometimes you might make a mistake".

German news outlet Auto Motor und Sport has stated that Max Verstappen wouldn't have won the Austrian Grand Prix last weekend if it weren't for his early move on Kimi Raikkonen.

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