Lewis Hamilton denies "trying too hard" during Austria qualifying

Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes GP prepares to drive during practise for the Australian Formula One Grand Prix on March 15, 2014
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Lewis Hamilton denies "trying too hard" during qualifying for the Austrian Grand Prix after making two mistakes.

Lewis Hamilton has denied that he was "trying too hard" during qualifying for the Austrian Grand Prix.

Hamilton has now been out-qualified for the third time by Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg after making two mistakes on the track yesterday.

"I don't think I'm trying too hard," said Hamilton, who is 22 points behind Rosberg in the championship.

"I went for pole. Hindsight's a wonderful thing, but I'm there to be first, nowhere else."

Hamilton spun while braking for the second corner during his final attempt and ran wide at Turn Eight on his opening lap in qualifying. He will now start the Austrian Grand Prix ninth on the grid, while Felipe Massa takes pole.

Felipe Massa of Brazil and Williams is interviewed in the paddock during previews to the Australian Formula One Grand Prix at Albert Park on March 13, 2014
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