Nico Rosberg believes he missed out on his chance of victory in the Canadian Grand Prix after failing to get the better of Lewis Hamilton during qualifying.

The German finished a close, but controlled second place behind his Mercedes team-mate at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in a race characterised by calls to protect brakes and save fuel.

Though Rosberg plays down the effect those measures had on his hopes of challenging Hamilton, the German - who as close as just one second behind his fellow Mercedes driver - believes he would have stood a better chance of out-pacing the defending champion had he not been forced to start behind him.

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"It was a good race against Lewis, I was pushing like mad to try and put the pressure on but he didn't make any mistakes. It was a challenging race because we had to save fuel, brakes... but it was the same for Lewis. It was a good race, unfortunately I couldn't make it happen.

"It was just the tiny bit I lost in qualifying because the race pace was there and qualifying makes a big difference, so that is what I need to try and make up next time."