Lewis Hamilton grabs pole at Austrian Grand Prix

Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton
Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton
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Lewis Hamilton feared a last-gasp spin in qualifying could have cost him pole position for the Austrian Grand Prix - only for team-mate Nico Rosberg to follow suit seconds later.

Remarkably, both Hamilton and Rosberg spun off as they looked to push their cars as close to the limit as possible - with reigning champion Hamilton the man to take pole after a stunning earlier lap.

Hamilton’s off came at turn one on what would have been his final flying lap, whilst Rosberg’s more spectacular spin was at the final corner as he homed in on his team-mate’s provisional pole position time.

Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel again came home as the best of the rest to take third as Hamilton sealed a seventh pole in eight races this year, although he did worry it had slipped from his grasp.

“It was quite a difficult qualifying session,” the 30-year-old said.

“I was grateful that I got my best lap in early in Q3, I’m always pushing for that bit extra in the next run. I wasn’t too particularly concerned with it (potentially losing pole) at the time. But naturally, shortly afterwards I was like ‘You know, I probably lost it there’.”

Hamilton also revealed his team had said he was not at fault for the spin - something that cheered him up in his debrief.

“I thought that I had made a mistake into turn one,” he added.

“I have been with the engineers and it doesn’t look like it was, they are investigating to try and understand and that is comforting for me. I was angry at myself but it is a combination of things we are trying to understand.”