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F1 Austrian Grand Prix: Hamilton spin cost me, says Rosberg

Nico Rosberg says it didn't come together for him in qualifying for the 2014 F1 Austrian GP and that Lewis Hamilton's spin 'definitely' cost him.
Nico Rosberg has said Lewis Hamilton's spin at the end of Q3 cost him any chance of taking pole position for the Austrian Grand Prix.

Rosberg will now line-up third on the grid at the Red Bull Ring, behind the Williams' of Felipe Massa and Valtteri Bottas, 0.098 seconds off P2 – and 0.185 seconds off P1.

It was an ironic turn of events given what happened in Monaco last month, when Rosberg's spin in the top-ten shootout deprived Hamilton off a shot at pole. Some might even call it poetic justice, although given Hamilton will start from P9, and had messed up his first run in Q3, he didn't benefit from it.

“I definitely didn't expect the Williams' to be ahead of me today, but they did a good job,” Rosberg said. “It just didn't come together today perfectly for me.”

“I also lost out on that last lap because of Lewis [my team-mate] spinning in front of me in the corner [Turn 2],” added the Mercedes driver. “I couldn't do that lap because you have to lift off two tenths of a second and doing that then to do at least two tenths [more] you have to do at least three tenths and so it would have been just impossible to improve on my lap time. I just backed out of it. That definitely cost me today.

“But that is the way it is.”

Despite that however, he remains upbeat and is convinced he can do well from the second row.

“Third place is okay. It is okay to start from there tomorrow. I have a good car for the race. I am still looking forward to it and I am going to make the most of it,” vowed the German, who currently leads Hamilton in the F1 2014 Drivers' Championship by 22 points.

Asked if he had a reaction to Rosberg's quotes, Hamilton said: "Not particularly - it definitely wasn't deliberate if that's what you are asking!"

Tagged as: Mercedes , Rosberg , Austria , Austrian GP

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June 21, 2014 6:13 PM

richard: i wonder if forzavalentino will now be claiming that lulu is cheating, preventing nico from getting pole?
Someone needs to tell numb nuts that you're supposed to bring out the yellow flags to gimp your team mate's run AFTER you've set the fastest lap!

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