Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg won Sunday’s Austrian Grand Prix to further extend his lead over team-mate Lewis Hamilton in the drivers’ championship to 29 points after the first eight races of the season.
The German managed to fend off a late charge from Hamilton to record what was his third victory of the campaign at the Spielberg circuit, while the 2008 world champion will have been delighted to have secured the runners-up spot having started way down in ninth place on the grid after a poor qualifying session on Saturday.
Hamilton actually made a blistering start to the race at the Red Bull Ring and was all the way up to fourth spot after the opening lap, while the Williams duo of Valtteri Bottas and pole-sitter Felipe Massa came home third and fourth respectively in what was yet another hugely encouraging display by the team, with the Finn even registering his maiden podium in the process.
Elsewhere, Fernando Alonso in the Ferrari and Force India’s Sergio Perez finished in fifth and sixth positions respectively, although the Red Bulls of Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo endured another difficult race after the world champion was forced to retire after just 34 laps and the winner last time out in Canada could only manage eighth place on what was his team’s “home” track.
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