Lewis Hamilton says he is satisfied with the Mercedes package beneath him following free practice for the Austrian Grand Prix, but says a lack of grip stopped him from going faster than fifth.

The championship leader endured an eventful day around the Austrian track, joining numerous drivers in taking trips across the run-off areas at turn one and turn eight, the latter of which caught him out on fast laps in both FP1 and FP2.

As such, Hamilton could not progress beyond the fifth best time in FP2, but he is otherwise pleased with the car itself.

"The car didn't break and the track doesn't have a lot of grip," he said. "We improved the car for sure through FP1 and FP2, it was generally just with the tyres - there was not a huge amount of grip. I'm happy with it [the car]. There's not a lot to change."

Hamilton is also unmoved by Ferrari's turn of pace in the afternoon, saying he has faith the team will ensure he comes out strong for qualifying.

"We always take the threat very seriously, but the team is probably more focused on it than I am."


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