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Lewis Hamilton was understandably happy with the start he made at the Austrian Grand Prix and is hoping to improve in front of his fans at Silverstone.
by 29 points in excess of a full race victory in the Drivers' Championship.
However, Hamilton's pace isn't currently producing a profitable haul of points. After twice failing to reach the chequered flag this season due to mechanical failure, he now trails Rosberg Reebok Rose Gold Pearlized
Hamilton 4 seconds.
But there was no way past his team mate thereafter with Hamilton's clear speed advantage over Rosberg blunted by their respective pit stops with the Englishman's first stop nine tenths slower than the German's and his second a full second worse off.
With Hamilton actually within half a second of Rosberg during the final lap before easing off at the final corner, social media was inevitably saturated with conspiracy theories after the race as Mercedes soaked themselves in champagne following their sixth one two finish of the season.
"We'll investigate because obviously it is frustrating to lose time when you have done everything you can to gain a tenth here and a tenth there," added Hamilton. "When you lose such a chunk of time over two stops, it's tough.
"I didn't know I had lost that much time. They didn't feel fast but it could have been my positioning," Hamilton acknowledged with Mercedes subsequently confirming that their driver had marginally over shot his pit box at his first stop.
stops cost Lewis Hamilton in Austrian GP as early charge limits damage
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After charging past Daniil Kvyat, Kimi Raikkonen and a struggling Daniel Ricciardo before the first corner, Hamilton plunged past Fernando Alonso into Turn Eight and was up to fourth by the end of the first lap behind Rosberg.
Although Hamilton successfully limited the damage from his poor qualifying performance by charging through the field from ninth to second, there was plenty of devil in the detail of the result with Hamilton crossing the line 1.9 seconds behind race victor Nico Rosberg precisely the margin Hamilton lost to his Mercedes team mate in two tardy pit stops.
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to admire in his performance on Sunday as the 2008 World Champion produced arguably the lap of the season so far as he hurtled through the field off the line.
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"I've been working very hard on my starts and that was probably one of the best starts I've ever had," said Hamilton. "It was just what I was hoping for."
"But second a good result considering what happened yesterday. It was damage limitation for me and to be pressurising Nico at the end really shows the pace I had this weekend."
Rosberg Hamilton's pitstops comparedRosberg 2.6 seconds.
Hamilton to pit before Rosberg at the second round of pit stops, a beneficial only enjoyed by the driver boasting superior track position, in order to propel the Englishman ahead of Williams' Valtteri Bottas.
On Saucony Jazz Original such small margins are races decided. Hamilton must hope that they don't decide title races too.
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