• IN WORDS: Lewis & Valtteri's Austria Debrief

Lewis and Valtteri talk first lap action and bouncing back...

'We will come back stronger'

Despite a tough day at the office for Lewis, he's taking positives from the Austrian Grand Prix weekend after the W09 showed encouraging pace.

"The car has been great all weekend," he said. "We were the quickest, but to have two different faults on each car, which is very unusual, we really can't throw away points

"I've just lost a grand prix, lost 25 points and fell back again behind Sebastian. It was a tough day.

"We could all have done a better job this weekend. It is really rare that we have these DNF and it is really incredibly unusual for us to have two in one weekend as well

 "But, we have to take positives of this weekend, which is that ultimately we were quickest and should have won. We will work on it and we will try to come back stronger next weekend."

'I had a lot of wheelspin'

Valtteri was unable to replicate his start from the previous Austrian GP, but a stunning double-overtake into Turn 4 on the opening lap moved him back up to second place.

"At the start I had a lot of wheelspin, which meant I dropped a couple of places," the Finn explained.

"There was less grip than what we expected. But, I could recover a couple of places into Turn 4 which was good.

"It was important because it is not easy to overtake here. I got a good tow into Turn 4 and went to the outside.

"The car felt strong and we were one-two as a team, it was all still to play for. It's just a shame we couldn't do anything after that."

'Really feeling the pain'

It was a heartbreaking Sunday for the team at the Red Bull Ring, following Valtteri and Lewis' early exit from the race.

But, it's the difficult days that you learn the most from, and Lewis is sure the team will bounce back at the next race.

"Everyone in the team is really feeling the pain," Lewis explained after his retirement from the Austrian GP.

"But, I think you just have to look at it, we've had such great reliability for so many years.

"As painful as it is, and we are perfectionists, we really have to take the rough with the smooth.

"This is definitely the worst weekend for us I can remember for a long, long time.

"I have every confidence in my team that we'll be able to bounce back."

'Feels like a bad joke'

Valtteri's run of bad luck unfortunately continued in Austria, exiting the race early on with a loss of hydraulic pressure.

"The luck I'm having this year feels like a bit of a bad joke," he said. "There was nothing I could have done.

"We need to do our best for it to not happen again, but it was very unlucky. It was not meant to be, it has not meant to be many times this year but one day it will. We will recover.

"First of all we need to find out what the issue was, why we lost hydraulic pressure. We will learn, but of course it hurts. At least we are racing again next weekend."