Lewis Hamilton says an issue with the revs was what cost him off the line at the start of the Austrian Grand Prix and saw drop him behind Mercedes team-mate and eventual winner Nico Rosberg.

Hamilton, who started on pole position, lost out to Rosberg on the rundown to Turn 1 and after that he was unable to challenge and had to settle for the runners-up spot.

"Nico did a fantastic job today and at the end of the day, he was quicker in the race. I had a really bad start, which obviously lost me ground and after that I was pushing as hard as I could. I think in the second stint it was really just about making the distance and that is what I was trying to do," Hamilton said.

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Quizzed on what went wrong at the start, Hamilton revealed it is something that has been an issue now since the Spanish Grand Prix last month.

"I had a problem with the wait revs," he explained. "I took my foot off the gas and it was still on, the throttle was still on. Then I dumped the clutch and just had lots of wheelspin. It is not the best way to start the race but it is something we will work on to improve on my side of the garage."

"When I let the clutch out, the car just underperformed," he added. "It is something I have been having since Barcelona...."