Lewis Hamilton: 'Mercedes will be strong in race at Austrian Grand Prix'

Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP (L) celebrates on the podium with second placed Nico Rosberg of Germany and Mercedes GP after the Malaysian Grand Prix on March 30, 2014
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Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton believes that the team will be strong in the Austrian Grand Prix after failing to claim pole position for the first time this season.

Lewis Hamilton has said that he expects Mercedes to put their qualifying woes behind them for tomorrow's Austrian Grand Prix.

The 2008 world champion starts ninth on the grid after spinning on his final lap in qualifying, while teammate Nico Rosberg could only manage third, preventing the constructor from securing pole position for the first time this season.

The Briton told BBC Sport: "It was just two not very good laps. Or one-and-a-quarter-laps, I didn't finish my second one.

"The feeling was there in the car, it has been good all weekend. To be honest my first lap was looking good and went wide in the second to last corner, I think that lap would have done it. I've swallowed that [pill] many times, it's easier the more and more you do it.

"We're going to be strong tomorrow, it's going to be very, very hard from where we are, but of course I'll do everything I can to try and get some good points for the team. It's damage limitation I guess."

Williams's Felipe Massa will be on pole for the first time since 2008.

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6Toro Rosso39
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8Renault26
9McLaren11
10Sauber5
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13Romain GrosjeanHaas18
14Kevin MagnussenHaas11
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17Daniil KvyatToro Rosso4
18Stoffel VandoorneMcLaren1
19Marcus EricssonSauber0
20Jolyon PalmerRenault0
21Antonio GiovinazziSauber0
22Jenson ButtonMcLaren0
23Paul di RestaWilliams-Mercedes0
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