Lewis Hamilton defends his demeanour after Austrian disappointment

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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, 32, heads to his home grand prix at Silverstone this weekend on the back foot and his demeanour in his post-race television interviews in Austria suggested he was feeling the pressure.

“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.

“So when you write your stories or when people make comments, just bear that in mind because it’s not a sign of being ungrateful or anything like that,” he said.

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