Lewis Hamilton takes to Instagram to vent after being slapped with post-race penalties

Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton was left seething following the 2023 Austrian Grand Prix.

Lewis Hamilton is determined to overcome his recent struggles in Formula One, promising to “keep fighting” after a disappointing result at the Austrian Grand Prix. 

Hamilton finished seventh at the Red Bull Ring but was demoted to eighth following a track limits investigation by the FIA, resulting in a 10-second penalty. 

Max Verstappen secured his fifth consecutive victory, further extending his lead in the Drivers’ Championship. 

Despite the challenges ahead, Hamilton is eager to regain his winning form.

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Expressing his emotions on Instagram after the race, Hamilton stated, “There are days when I can say I’m truly proud of myself and days like today when frustration takes over. 

“In a race, it can feel like you’re hanging off a cliff and losing the strength to hold on.” 

He acknowledged the confusion surrounding their varying performances but emphasised the importance of resilience and determination, saying, “But when you really care about what you’re doing, you brush it off and keep fighting! 

“Heads down for Silverstone, hope to see you all at home.”

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The upcoming race on the Formula One calendar is the British Grand Prix, which will be held at Silverstone. Hamilton, yearning to end his victory drought, has historically performed exceptionally well on home soil. 

The British driver has triumphed at Silverstone eight times, with seven of those victories coming in the last nine years. 

Sebastian Vettel (2018) and Carlos Sainz (2022), both driving Ferraris, are the only other drivers to have won the British GP during that period.

In contrast, Red Bull Racing has struggled at the British Grand Prix, with their last win dating back to Mark Webber’s victory in 2012. 

The team’s sole victories at Silverstone came in 2009, courtesy of Vettel, and 2010, with Webber at the helm. 

Despite his overall dominance in recent seasons, Verstappen has yet to secure a win at the British GP.

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Hamilton’s determination to overcome his recent setbacks and return to the winner’s circle is fuelling his resolve. 

As he heads into the British Grand Prix, the Mercedes driver hopes to harness the support of his home crowd and use his experience to challenge Verstappen’s supremacy. 

With the gap in the Drivers’ Championship widening, the seven-time world champion recognises the difficulties he faces but remains undeterred.