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autoviva2016-07-04 11:41:57

Battle with Rosberg gives victory to Hamilton in Austria

Last lap collision stole victory from Nico Rosberg that finished in fourth place

A collision between Hamilton and Rosberg ended up damaging the championship leader's car and handed victory to the Brit
It was a dramatic finish that took place at the Austrian Grand Prix. The two MercedesMercedes-BenzMercedes-BenzGermany, 1924 > present197 models
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entered the last lap fighting for victory with Rosberg in front, but a collision between the two drivers ended up damaging the championship leader's car and handed victory to Lewis Hamilton who thus again cut his teammate's advantage in the world championship standings.
With the damaged car Rosberg eventually fell to fourth place behind Max Verstappen's Red BullRed BullRed BullAustria, 2004 > present12 models
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 and Kimi Raikkonen's FerrariFerrariFerrariItaly, 1947 > present233 models
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. The German from Mercedes remains in the championship lead but saw his lead cut from 24 to 11 points.
The race began with Hamilton finally taking advantage from starting from pole position to take the early lead of the race. Running with super soft tires the Brit remained ahead of Raikkonen, with Rosberg starting from sixth place due to a penalty for a gear box change after crashing in the final practice session. The German immediately managed to go up to fifth place and after overtaking Jenson Button and moving up to fourth he made the first tire change dropping to 15th. However, Hamilton chose to stay longer with ultra soft and eventually let Rosberg recover up to a 21-second margin when the British driver came to the pits. A problem changing a tire made Hamilton lose time which handed Vettel the lead as soon as Raikkonen came went to change tires.
After Vettel retired when he was leading due to an explosion in the right rear tire, both Mercedes were leading ahead of Verstappen and Ricciardo's Red Bulls and Raikkonen. With the safety car off track Mercedes moved away quickly and returned to discussing the lead in the tire changes. Rosberg got the best of it once again. After both Mercedes changed tires they had to overtake Verstappen who at this time was trying to reach the end of the race with the soft tires.
After overtaking the Red Bull driver the two Mercedes ended up fighting for the win, with the outcome to dictate a collision between them that made Rosberg fall to fourth place, ahead of Ricciardo.
Jenson Button who at some point was driving in fourth scored once again for McLarenMcLarenMcLarenUnited Kingdom, 1963 > present92 models
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to finish in sixth place, ahead of Romain Grosjean and Carlos Sainz Jr. Benefiting from a crash of Sergio Perez in the closing stages of the race, due to mechanical problems, Williams' Valtteri Bottas finished the race in ninth place and Pascal Wehrlein gave the first point of the season to ManorManor RacingManor RacingUnited Kingdom, 2008 > present1 model
Check the Driver's and Consctructor's World Championship standings here.
Results Austrian Grand Prix
Pos Driver Team Time
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1h27m38.107s
2 Max Verstappen Red Bull 5.719s
3 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 6.024s
4 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 26.710s
5 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull 30.981s
6 Jenson Button McLaren 37.706s
7 Romain Grosjean Haas 44.668s
8 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso 47.400s
9 Valtteri Bottas Williams 1 Lap
10 Pascal Wehrlein Manor 1 Lap
11 Esteban Gutierrez Haas 1 Lap
12 Jolyon Palmer Renault 1 Lap
13 Felipe Nasr Sauber 1 Lap
14 Kevin Magnussen Renault 1 Lap
15 Marcus Ericsson Sauber 1 Lap
16 Rio Haryanto Manor 1 Lap
17 Sergio Perez Force India Brakes
18 Fernando Alonso McLaren Power Unit
19 Nico Hulkenberg Force India Brakes
20 Felipe Massa Williams Brakes
- Sebastian Vettel Ferrari Tyre
- Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso Mechanical



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