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Lewis Hamilton said his problem-strewn Austrian Grand Prix was "the worst race I can remember for a very, very long time".

Hamilton was quickest from the start to take an immediate lead as Bottas, who started from pole position, struggled to hold off a challenge from Raikkonen.

His title rival Sebastian Vettel of Ferrari reclaimed the championship lead by a point after finishing third.

"There are things you can do to override decisions from the pit wall", Hamilton told Sky Sports when asked about the decision not to pit under the virtual safety vehicle.

Hamilton not only suffered a non-finish but also lost the lead of the race through a strategy error and Wolff revealed what the Briton said over the radio when his vehicle ground to a halt.

Hamilton struggled so much that he was forced to make a second stop before his retirement, while race victor Verstappen and the Ferrari drivers only made one.

Hamilton dropped from first to fourth - and following a series of furious exchanges with the Mercedes pit wall, he then ran out of power after a loss of fuel pressure with only seven laps to run.

"That's what got me invested in racing and really caught my heart, it's where the passion is", Hamilton said. Everyone is going to be feeling the pain. "We have lost a lot of points this year either through bad calls or reliability". But i have every confidence in my team that we will be able to bounce back. "It can be very cruel and we had all the cruelty go against us today". The vehicle has been great all weekend - we were the quickest - but to have two different faults on each auto, which is very unusual, we really can't throw away points.

"It's not really something I want to speak about", added the world champion. We made the right call when Virtual Safety Car came out and we pitted.

"I'm looking forward to experiencing it tomorrow, and trying to figure out where those improvements are on the circuit".

"What I think happened was we were running one and two and controlling the race, and suddenly you see your second auto stopping", said team boss Toto Wolff.

"I don't feel like we really have the upper hand like we had in past years, so any small gains are important".

"We could all have done a better job this weekend".

"Last weekend with the new engine it was positive but, even with the engine, between us and Ferrari the margins are very small". A real shame because we had a great vehicle and were looking very strong, but we will live to fight another day.

The retirements came following a dominant Lewis Hamilton victory in France and with the reigning champion heading the early stages on Sunday at the Red Bull Ring.

Hamilton said: "These tyres aren't good enough for us to really race".

"We were going flat out, and going flat out means you are overheating the surface of the tyre, and that causes the blistering".

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