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BOTTAS WINS LCH MISSES OUT

LCH will enter his home race 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 following a blistering start.

Vettel came home a close second to extend his advantage and Daniel Ricciardo took the third step on the podium for Red Bull at their home track.

“I don’t think there’s a call for me to do anything else than 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 so all I can do is try to inspire them with the drives I had today.

“When I go and look at the race-pace I was actually quickest so I had the strongest race  …  I don’t think the points 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.”

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff admitted Hamilton had been hamstrung in the past two races but was hopeful the worst was now behind the three-time champion.