Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg says he is "gutted" after he "over did it" on his final lap at the end of Q3, squandering the chance to take pole position for this Sunday's Austrian Grand Prix.

Rosberg had been quicker than team-mate and eventual pole sitter, Lewis Hamilton in both Q1 and Q2, but was two tenths down after the first runs in the top-ten shootout.

The German then went for it on his final run, and looked poised to get back ahead when Hamilton spun in Turn 1. However, Rosberg also messed it up, going straight on and into the gravel trap at the final corner.

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"I'm not sure actually," Rosberg replied when asked what happened. "I went onto the astroturf on the second to last corner and maybe that was a still a bit wet or something, or I just over-did it after that, I'm not sure.

"I just lost it going into the last corner. Definitely gutted. Lewis was two tenths quicker than my lap time and I was exactly two tenths up just up to that point so I knew I had to go for it because it was very, very close and just over did it."

So why are so many drivers making mistakes at the Red Bull Ring?

"This track generally is quite difficult because you've got to get the braking right and attack to get a lap done here. It's just a very, very challenging track and very easy to make mistakes," added Rosberg, who will now line-up second on the grid on Sunday.