Lewis Hamilton says his Mercedes team believe an issue with the car was behind his spin during qualifying for the Austrian Grand Prix.

The defending champion notched up his seventh pole position in eight races around the Red Bull Ring, despite experiencing a wild spin at the first turn on his final flying effort. With Nico Rosberg also sliding off course just moments later, Mercedes would nonetheless lock out the front row despite the unusual conclusion to its session.

However, while Rosberg owned up to his errors, Hamilton believes a problem with the car caused him to swap ends, a realisation that he says he can take comfort from going into the race.

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"The whole session was very, very difficult, I didn't have many good laps but when it counted I did what I needed to do in that first outing," he said. "I thought I had made a mistake into turn one, but I have been with the engineers and it doesn't look like it, so we need to investigate it but it is comforting to me. I was angry with myself but it was a combination of things we were trying to understand.

"I thought I had just braked too hard maybe, but I braked the same as in the previous run. Whereas last year I spun immediately when I hit the brakes, this one the car was slowing down, the rears just locked completely. It just looked a bit strange but I am sure we will come to the bottom of it."