Lewis Hamilton demands more from Mercedes following Austrian Grand Prix disaster

LEWIS HAMILTON demanded his Mercedes team launch an immediate investigation after they suffered a double-disaster in Austria.

Hamilton was left furious after his team made their THIRD strategic blunder of the season before his car broke down eight laps from the end.

 Lewis Hamilton endured a difficult day in Spielberg as he failed to finish his first race in over two years

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Lewis Hamilton endured a difficult day in Spielberg as he failed to finish his first race in over two years

In a further worrying development for the defending world champion, he also saw his teammate Valtteri Bottas retire when his car also broke down.

Hamilton was livid that his team failed to call him in for fresh tyres under the virtual safety car, deployed to remove Bottas's stricken car, when his rivals did.

He now wants them to re-evaluate their plans to make their decision making "bulletproof".

It follows a similar error in the Chinese GP while they were also caught out in Australia when they misjudged the amount of time it took to do a pitstop.

 It was a poor day for Mercedes in general, as both cars failed to finish the race

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It was a poor day for Mercedes in general, as both cars failed to finish the race

He said: "I'm not going to lie, all areas we are going to have to work on.

"We were the quickest and to have two different faults on each car, which is very unusual, but we really can't throw away points.

"We've got to find a bulletproof method to move forward for strategy. If our car was still going, it was an easy win for us.

"We were comfortably ahead but we will work on it and will try to re-evaluate to come back stronger for the next race.

"Being back on top at Silverstone this week has definitely got to be the goal. I think we've got the car to be quick there but there were a lot of points lost.

"Everyone is the team is really feeling the pain. This is definitely the worst weekend for us I can remember for a long, long time."

It was a thrilling race, which was won by Red Bull's Max Verstappen while Kimi Raikkonen was second and Sebastian Vettel finished third.

The result means Hamilton surrenders his lead at the top of the championship to Vettel while Ferrari now lead the constructors' championship by 10 points.

 Max Verstappen won the Austrian Grand Prix for his fourth race victory in Formula One

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Max Verstappen won the Austrian Grand Prix for his fourth race victory in Formula One

Hamilton made a good start but his troubles started on lap 14 when Bottas came to a halt with a hydraulic issue.

Merc failed to respond to their rivals' quick thinking and when Hamilton eventually stopped for tyres he was down in fourth place — leaving him furious.

At one point he complained over the team's radio saying: "I don't get it guys. I'm not going to be able to pass these guys. Just throwing away a win"

And the 33-year-old, whose last DNF was at the 2016 Malaysian GP, was issued a grovelling apology from strategist James Vowles.

 Hamilton complained that Mercedes failed to bring him into the pits during a Virtual Safety Car following his team-mate Valtteri Bottas' retirement

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Hamilton complained that Mercedes failed to bring him into the pits during a Virtual Safety Car following his team-mate Valtteri Bottas' retirement

He said: "Lewis, it's James. I have thrown away the win today, but you have the potential opportunity to get back up. I'm sorry. We still trust and believe in you."

Hamilton also complained about "running out of power" before blasting that his tyres "are not going to f****** last".

It proved inconsequential, as his race was ended prematurely after losing power and being told to stop the car.

Merc boss Toto Wolff said: "We had all the cruelty go against us today and it just got us brutally.

 Sebastian Vettel's third-place finish in Austria saw him move into the lead in the Drivers Standings

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Sebastian Vettel's third-place finish in Austria saw him move into the lead in the Drivers Standings

"We made a mistake and what I think happened is that we were running one and two and controlling the race and suddenly you see Valtteri stopping with a hydraulic leak.

"The VSC came out we had half a lap to react and we didn't. Fact. This is where we lost the race."

Bottas, who was running in second before his car failed added: "The luck I'm having this year feels like a bit of a bad joke at the moment,"

Hamilton was simply a spectator as Verstappen held off the threat of the Ferrari duo to record his first win since Malaysia last year.

Meanwhile, American team Haas recorded their best ever result as Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen came fourth and fifth respectively.

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LEWIS HAMILTON demanded his Mercedes team launch an immediate investigation after they suffered a double-disaster in Austria.