Sombre mood shows I care, says Hamilton; MOTORSPORT.
Byline: MARK MANN-BRYANS email@example.com
LEWIS Hamilton insists he cares "more than he needs to" about his quest for a fourth Formula One world championship after cutting a forlorn figure at times during the Austrian Grand Prix weekend.
The British driver had to settle for fourth place at the Red Bull Ring having started down in eighth due to a gearbox penalty, with Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas closing to within 15 points after taking his second win of the season.
Hamilton arrived in Austria still smarting from the collision with main title rival Sebastian Vettel in Azerbaijan - for which the German escaped any post-race reprimand - and left the country 20 points behind the Ferrari driver.
Hamilton, 32, heads to his home grand prix at Silverstone this weekend on the back foot and his demeanour in his postrace television interviews in Austria suggested he was feeling the pressure.
He was in a lighter mood when addressing the written media later on Sunday evening as he explained why he was left feeling low after a frustrating weekend in the Styrian mountains.
"You have to have patience with us as drivers, and I can't speak for everyone else but you can't be happy every day you have a result, no matter whether it's second, fifth, 10th," he said. "Wherever it is, you're gonna be p****d at one point because you put so much into it. You train, you sacrifice everything to make sure you get the result, the best result possible.
"So when you don't personally deliver and other things are stacked up against you it's hard to come out smiling because that means you don't care enough.
"The fact is I care more than I need to. So there are days when it feels more painful than others, there are days when it's easier to handle and I think I'll move forward.
"It's not a sign of being ungrateful or anything like that."
There are days when it feels more painful than others, there are days when it's easier to handle and I think I'll move forward. Lewis Hamilton
Lewis Hamilton needs a boost at the British GP this weekend