The seven-time world champion qualified fifth while teammate George Russell put his Mercedes on the front-row, just 0.072s shy of pole sitter Carlos Sainz

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Hamilton gained two positions at the start of Sunday’s race but was forced to return the positions to Russell and McLaren’s Lando Norris after cutting the first corner. 

A bold strategy from Mercedes brought Russell and Hamilton into play for a potential victory late on, but Russell crashed out on the final lap, handing the final spot on the podium to his teammate. 

"It's all in hindsight but I think the thing I was most disappointing with...I mean George was so close to pole yesterday. I should have been on pole yesterday,” Hamilton told Sky after the race. 

"But then we had a good race. The race was kind of textbook. The team did a good job with strategy. 

"I'm in my element in the race. It's just qualifying needs to get better. George was great all weekend.

"As a team, we risked it at the end and took the chance. I love that the team is doing that. It was a big gap to close up. It was definitely hard to overtake those guys at the end of the race.

"Probably needed another 5-10 laps and I think we would have got them.”

Hamilton has been out-qualified by Russell at the last three races and suffered a Q2 elimination at Zandvoort. 

Asked how he can get on top of his recent qualifying troubles, Hamilton replied: "It's clearly not just the car. George was on the front row. 

“It's me, just my driving style, the changes that perhaps I'm making. It's a lot of different things, so I need to look into that.

"I will naturally keep my head down, keep pushing and will not be satisfied until I get back there."