Formula 1: Lewis Hamilton Calls Chinese GP A Disaster
Listen to Lewis Hamilton's team radio during the Austrian GP after his team failed to pit him during the Virtual Safety Car
Lewis Hamilton has demanded "bulletproof" reliability from his Mercedes team in the wake of the Silver Arrows' double disaster at the Austrian GP.
Hamilton and Mercedes will travel to this week's British GP without the lead of either world championship after both of the team's cars broke down on race day at the Red Bull Ring.
Hamilton was forced to retire because of a loss of fuel pressure while luckless team-mate Valtteri Bottas, whose retirement triggered a catastrophic strategic misjudgement from the Mercedes pitwall, suffered a hydraulics failure.
"This is definitely the worst weekend that I can remember for a long time," said Hamilton. "I am not going to lie, we're going to have to work on all areas. We can't afford to throw away points. We need to find a bulletproof method to move forward."
After building up a comfortable lead through the opening laps, Hamilton's race unravelled spectacularly in Austria.
First he lost the lead after Mercedes failed to pit him under the Virtual Safety Car, a mistake which relegated the world champion from first to fourth. Then, after overbaking his tyres in a bid to recover lost ground, he was overtaken by title rival Sebastian Vettel, who now leads the standings by a single point.