Lewis Hamilton’s hopes of a first victory at the Austrian Grand Prix on Sunday were dashed following an uncharacteristic error that saw the Briton incur a five-second time penalty.
Hamilton lost the lead at the start of the race, and was pushing hard when exiting the pit lane after stopping for fresh tires on lap 35.
However, after crossing the white line at pit exit and not staying within the set boundary, Hamilton received a five-second penalty that would be added to his final finishing time, ending his hopes of beating Rosberg.
Speaking on the podium after the race, Hamilton did not dwell on the matter, and was instead full of praise for Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg following his win in Austria.
“Today Nico did a fantastic job,” Hamilton said. “At the end of the day, he was quicker during the race.
“I had a really bad start which obviously lost me ground. After that, I was pushing as hard as I could.
“I think in the second stint it was really just about making the distance, and that’s what I was trying to do.”
With this defeat, Hamilton’s lead at the top of the Formula 1 drivers’ championship has fallen to just ten points, but he will be hoping to redress the balance on home soil at the British Grand Prix in two weeks’ time.