Mercedes are still checking for “unknown gremlins” that may have led to Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas’ double DNF in Austria, hoping that it won’t lead to engine penalties down the line.

While Bottas retired from the race on lap 14, losing out on a possible second placed finish, Hamilton’s afternoon ended laps later.

And although it was engine related for both drivers, technical director James Allison has confirmed that it was two separated issues that put the Mercedes pairing out of the race.

“They weren’t the same failure, they were entirely different,” he explained.

“On Valtteri’s car it was a hydraulics failures, starting in the power steering but being felt ultimately in the ability to shift the gears, which caused his car to stop.

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