Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Hamilton Insists There's No Need to Change Anything; MOTORSPORT

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Hamilton Insists There's No Need to Change Anything; MOTORSPORT

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LEWIS Hamilton insists he does not need to change anything in his approach, despite heading to Silverstone on the back of another average result at the Austrian Grand Prix.

The Briton will enter his home race on Sunday 20 points behind championship leader Sebastian Vettel after recovering from a pre-race grid penalty to finish fourth at the Red Bull Ring.

His Mercedes team-mate, Valtteri Bottas, is also breathing down his neck, having sealed the second win of his career, with Ferrari's Vettel coming home a close second to extend his advantage, and Daniel Ricciardo finishing third to take a podium place for Red Bull at their home track.

Hamilton, still smarting after Vettel escaped any post-race reprimand for deliberately driving into him at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix, came here with plenty to ponder.

He could still have taken victory on the streets of Baku, only to be forced to pit with a loose headrest.

The three-time world champion was on the back foot from the get-go in Austria as - despite setting the early pace - he would drop five places on the grid following a gearbox change.

A brake disc failure in Saturday's practice added to his issues, before he could only go third-fastest in qualifying.

All in all, it means the 32-yearold heads to Northamptonshire under pressure to turn things around but not, in his mind, having to alter anything to do so.

"I don't think there's a call for me to do anything else other than what I'm already doing," he said.

"It's not like the team aren't on my side or they're not working hard or I'm not pushing them hard enough.

"When I go and look at the race pace, I was actually quickest, so I actually had the strongest race - I don't think the points really reflect this. There's nothing else I can do - I just have to keep driving the way I have been and hope things get better. …

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