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Austrian GP: Lewis Hamilton baffled by Q3 spin

Lewis Hamilton admitted he had no idea what caused the spin that left him only ninth on the Austrian Grand Prix grid.

As Williams took a shock front-row sweep with Felipe Massa and Valtteri Bottas, Formula 1's dominant force Mercedes had to settle for third with championship leader Rosberg, while both Hamilton's Q3 runs went awry.

The Briton's first attempt was wasted when he made a mistake at Turn 8 and ran off the track, leading to what was already a slow time being disallowed for breaching track limits rules.

Hamilton then spun off under braking for Turn 2 on his final pole shot.

Asked if he could explain the incident, Hamilton replied: "I can't really. I just spun.

"I hit the brakes and locked the rears.

"I'm not really sure [why] - I have to look at the data."

He remains optimistic that he can recover in Sunday's race at the Red Bull Ring.

"I'm OK, it's a long race tomorrow," said Hamilton.

"There aren't that many corners here but there are long straights and we have the best engine, so hopefully I'll be able to work my way up."

Although Hamilton did not set a time in Q3, he moved up from 10th to ninth as Nico Hulkenberg's lap was disallowed for a track limits infringement.

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