Hamilton now trails Sebastian Vettel in the standings by 14 points.
Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton feels confident of a repeat pole position after posting the fastest time in both practice sessions for the Austrian Grand Prix on Friday.
He was almost two-tenths clear of Vettel in the afternoon on a day of near-perfect preparations at the Red Bull Ring circuit.
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Hamilton said a "road rage" furore that flared up after the race in Azerbaijan two weeks ago, with Vettel having steered at him and banged wheels after driving into the Mercedes behind the safety auto, had not affected his concentration or calm.
"It was a smooth day generally", Hamilton said.
"I do not have confidence that we are definitely ahead of Ferrari now", said the Finn.
Red Bull's Max Verstappen split the Mercedes drivers in second, 0.190s off Hamilton's lead time, on the super-soft tyre. In the battle of the Saubers, Pascal Wehrlein finished 1.5s ahead of Marcus Ericsson, who only completed 12 laps after his auto spent much of the session being worked on in the garage.
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"For the first time we started in a good place with the balance of the vehicle and we're just trying to finesse it".
"I still struggled myself to put a good lap together but the vehicle definitely has a lot of pace".
"This track punishes you if you make a mistake, and I tested those limits, but that's something I can learn from", the Finnish driver said. Lewis was quickest this morning with the soft, so obviously they have a quick vehicle but still to be quickest on that tire shows it is pretty durable and strong around here. It was a pretty good day. "I think I'm done".
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