Toto Wolff has dismissed the assertion that Lewis Hamilton was bowing under the pressure from Nico Rosberg in the Austrian Grand Prix after being comprehensively out-performed by his team-mate.

Despite qualifying on pole position around the Red Bull Ring, Hamilton was beaten to the first corner by Rosberg and unable to match his pace thereafter as the German turned around a qualifying deficit to his team-mate with a win for the first time.

Nonetheless, Wolff has little doubt that Rosberg was simply the faster driver on this particular weekend and it is not a sign that Hamilton is feeling pressure from him.

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"I don't think they are feeling the pressure of the overall championship yet," he said. "They are definitely pushing very hard in order to beat each other and you rarely see someone coming with the locked, smoking wheels into the stands, because you could well miss the line and get a penalty and equally on the exit. It's just the result of a very fierce battle between them.

"When you look at qualifying throughout the sessions Nico seemed to have the edge. There was just one lap where Lewis got in front of him and he struggled with the understeer and that was the lap that was the final lap for grid position and both of them made a mistake. I've seen that he was in my opinion very good throughout the weekend and you could see that probably very obviously in the race."

It is the first time since the 2014 Australian Grand Prix that Rosberg has won a race that Hamilton started from pole position, though on that occasion the British driver failed to finish with technical issues.