Lewis Hamilton says he is "always learning lessons" after a mistake in qualifying cost him his best chance of victory in the Austrian Grand Prix.

After making an error on his first qualifying lap, Hamilton spun on his final Q3 lap and had to start the race from ninth place - six slots behind team-mate Nico Rosberg. Hamilton was able to recover to second place behind Rosberg in the race, but saw the gap in the championship extended to 29 points. However, rather than focusing on the missed opportunity to win, Hamilton said he was pleased with the positive aspects of his performance.

"I'm always learning lessons," Hamilton said. "It's always good to remember the points that I've lost by not finishing. 29 points even though I have not as finished as many races as I would have liked ... there's still a long way to go.

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"There are a lot of positives to take from this weekend; I had a lot of pace this weekend. I didn't capitalise on it but I will take that in to the next race and make sure I do."

And Hamilton went as far as to suggest that his race recovery showed that he was the stronger driver over the weekend.

"It's days like these that give you more energy back. You get a lot of energy from days like [Sunday] when you get a good start, you overtake people and build yourself back up to the lead. To be starting ninth and be fighting for first and applying pressure to Nico; that's a huge compliment for my side of the garage."

Hamilton also said he was excited to be heading to his home grand prix at Silverstone knowing he will be fighting for victory again.

"Excited that we have the pace that we do and also excited that we have a race with Williams, which is great to see Williams up so high. I do remember from when I was very, very young watching and seeing some of the Williams' so it's good to see them back. And I'm going to Silverstone with the best package I've ever had so I'm excited about it."