Nico Rosberg won a fair fight to take victory from his Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton in the Austrian Grand Prix. Hamilton made a poor start allowing Rosberg to pass him into the first corner.
The defending champion led following Rosberg’s win has been cut to ten points heading to his home race in a fortnights time. There was drama early on after two former champions Kimi Raikkonen and Fernando Alonso crashed on the opening lap bringing out the safety car for five laps.
But Hamilton has once again beaten a British record set by Sir Jackie Stewart of leading seventeen races back to back.
Felipe Massa held of Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel, who lost crucial seconds on his one pit stop when the right rear wheel gun jammed to take 3rd and a fortieth career podium. Sebastian Vettel finished fourth.
Rosberg said “It’s an awesome feeling of course to win again here. The start made the race. It really worked out perfectly today.”
Adding “It was a great start and I managed to defend in the first couple of corners. I was really happy with the car and to see the gap open up to Lewis.”
Hamilton said “Nico did a fantastic job today. He was quicker during the race, I had a bad start which lost me ground. I was pushing as hard as I could.”
Le Mans winner Nico Hulkenberg was sixth for Force India. While Daniel Ricciardo managed to fight back from the back to score Red Bull’s only point at their home Grand Prix.
Max Verstappen finished eight after he appeared to struggle to control his car on worn tyres at the end and Mexican Sergio Perez made it a double point’s finish for Force India.
It was another difficult weekend for McLaren after Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button retired from the race.