l Lewis Hamilton is targeting his first-ever victory at the Austrian Grand Prix, with the race set to take place in Spielberg on Sunday. Formula 1: Hamilton eyes maiden triumph in Austria The reigning world drivers’ champion has never won at the Red Bull Ring, finishing runner-up to Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg in each of the last two seasons.
Spielberg is one of just four venues on the current Formula 1 circuit that the 31-year-old has failed to win at, along with the new Baku City Circuit, Mexico City and Interlagos, and he admits that he is desperate to break his duck in Austria this weekend.
He said: “Austria is a beautiful country and I always enjoy my time there, so it would be great to get a win there and tick it off the list [of circuits]. That’s the aim, as always, so let’s see how it goes.” The Brit believes he must perform well in qualifying to give himself the best opportunity to win the race, particularly as he only started tenth on the grid last time out at the European Grand Prix. “It’s tough to overtake but there are places you can try something different,” he added.
“It’s definitely a big advantage starting up front, though, so I need to get back on it in qualifying and do a better job than last time out.” Hamilton is currently 24 points behind championship leader Rosberg in the standings ahead of this weekend’s action in Austria, where he will also be hoping to close the gap on his Mercedes team-mate.