Lewis Hamilton gunning for Austrian glory

Mercedes Lewis Hamilton
Mercedes Lewis Hamilton

Lewis Hamilton is targeting a first ever win at the Austrian Grand Prix - and will use his video game knowledge to give him the edge.

The reigning world champion finished second in Spielberg last year behind team-mate Nico Rosberg as the race returned to the calendar for the first time since 2003

That means that along with Brazil and Mexico - where Hamilton has never raced - the Red Bull Ring is only a trio of circuits where he has not stood on the top step.

But the 30-year-old has enjoyed a dominant start to the season, winning four of the opening seven races.

And now he is aiming for his maiden victory in the Austrian Alps, putting his childhood hours spent on a games console to good use.

“Definitely it is a big challenge for me,.

“ It is something I’m excited about. I grew up playing computer games with this track and then I never got to drive it.

“It was always one of my favourites on the computer game and then I remember the days of watching Michael (Schumacher) and Rubens (Barrichello) here and even ones further back than that.

“I was excited to come here last year and what I didn’t know was how beautiful the place was.

“When I came I knew about the track, I didn’t know how stunning it is with the mountains nearby.”