Austrian F1 Grand Prix 2014 Results: Winner, Standings, Highlights and Reaction

Rory Marsden@@roomarsdenFeatured ColumnistJune 22, 2014

Austrian F1 Grand Prix 2014 Results: Winner, Standings, Highlights and Reaction

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    Nico Rosberg headed a Mercedes one-two as he won the Austrian Grand Prix at the Red Bull Ring on Sunday with Lewis Hamilton taking second. 

    Valtteri Bottas put in a terrific performance to claim third, just eight seconds down on the faster Mercedes victor, and secure Williams' first podium of the season.

    The two Mercedes drivers were in the unfamiliar position of not starting on the front row of the grid after a Williams lock out, but their season-long superiority showed again as the race moved on.

    Hamilton had a wonderful start, moving up from his starting position of ninth to fourth inside the first lap, while teammate Rosberg took second for a few corners before Bottas reclaimed it.

    Despite a poor team performance in qualifying from Mercedes, their superior pace saw them competing for top spot in no time at all.

    The Williams cars of Felipe Massa and Bottas held the first two spots only until the first round of pit stops in which the Brazilian lost time and places.

    Sergio Perez led to Rosberg, Bottas and Hamilton from Lap 17 but the German inevitably passed him and the Mexican pitted soon after.

    When Bottas lost out to Hamilton in the second round of pit stops, the front of the race took on an air of familiarity as the two Mercedes battled it out for first.

    Rosberg managed to keep Hamilton at arm's length for the remainder, the Brit never really getting close enough to attempt an overtake and the German finished at the head of a Mercedes one-two.

    In the rest of the pack, Williams picked up a haul of points after an impressive drive from Bottas saw him complete the podium while pole-sitter Massa finished fourth.

    While their overall speed is slower than the Mercedes, their pace on the straight was demonstrably better as shown when Hamilton was attempting to pass Bottas in the middle of the race.

    Sebastian Vettel's disastrous season continued as the German was forced to retire having ground to a stop early in the race and fallen to the back of the pack.

    It was not a great weekend for Red Bull in general at there nominal home race as Canada-victor Daniel Ricciardo finished eighth after overtaking Force India's Nico Hulkenberg on the last lap of the race.

    Hulkenberg's teammate Sergio Perez took sixth behind the ever-consistent Fernando Alonso and McLaren's Kevin Magnussen took a top-10 finish in seventh, but teammate Jenson Button could only claim 11th.

    Jean-Eric Vergne had his fifth retirement of the season in the Toro Rosso, while teammate Daniil Kvyat also did not finish.

    After the relative disaster of Canada, Mercedes are back on track with a one-two in Austria and Rosberg extends his championship lead to 29 points.

    Next up is the British Grand Prix at Silverstone where Hamilton will no doubt look to home advantage to spur him on to a win to help him close in on his teammate. 


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    Here are the full results from the race in Spielberg, via

    16Nico RosbergMercedes71Winner325
    244Lewis HamiltonMercedes71+1.9 secs918
    377Valtteri BottasWilliams-Mercedes71+8.1 secs215
    419Felipe MassaWilliams-Mercedes71+17.3 secs112
    514Fernando AlonsoFerrari71+18.5 secs410
    611Sergio PerezForce India-Mercedes71+28.5 secs158
    720Kevin MagnussenMcLaren-Mercedes71+32.0 secs66
    83Daniel RicciardoRed Bull Racing-Renault71+43.5 secs54
    927Nico HulkenbergForce India-Mercedes71+44.1 secs102
    107Kimi RäikkönenFerrari71+47.7 secs81
    1122Jenson ButtonMcLaren-Mercedes71+50.9 secs11 
    1213Pastor MaldonadoLotus-Renault70+1 Lap13 
    1399Adrian SutilSauber-Ferrari70+1 Lap16 
    148Romain GrosjeanLotus-Renault70+1 Lap22 
    1517Jules BianchiMarussia-Ferrari69+2 Lap18 
    1610Kamui KobayashiCaterham-Renault69+2 Lap19 
    174Max ChiltonMarussia-Ferrari69+2 Lap21 
    189Marcus EricssonCaterham-Renault69+2 Lap20 
    1921Esteban GutierrezSauber-Ferrari69+2 Lap17 
    Ret25Jean-Eric VergneSTR-Renault59+12 Lap14 
    Ret1Sebastian VettelRed Bull Racing-Renault34+37 Laps12 
    Ret26Daniil KvyatSTR-Renault24+47 Laps7

Updated Driver Standings

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    This is what has happened to the drivers' standings as a result of the Austrian race, per BBC Sport:

    1Nico RosbergGerMercedes165
    2Lewis HamiltonGBMercedes136
    3Daniel RicciardoAusRed Bull83
    4Fernando AlonsoSpaFerrari79
    5Sebastian VettelGerRed Bull60
    6Nico HulkenbergGerForce India59
    7Valtteri BottasFinWilliams55
    8Jenson ButtonGBMcLaren43
    9Felipe MassaBrzWilliams30
    10Kevin MagnussenDenMcLaren29
    11Sergio PerezMexForce India28
    12Kimi RaikkonenFinFerrari19
    13Romain GrosjeanFraLotus8
    14Jean-Eric VergneFraToro Rosso8
    15Daniil KvyatRusToro Rosso4
    16Jules BianchiFraMarussia2
    17Adrian SutilGerSauber0
    18Marcus EricssonSweCaterham0
    19Pastor MaldonadoVenLotus0
    20Esteban GutierrezMexSauber0
    21Max ChiltonGBMarussia0
    22Kamui KobayashiJpnCaterham0

Updated Team Standings

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    Here's how the constructors' championship looks after the race:

    2Red Bull Racing-Renault143
    4Force India-Mercedes87

Post-Race Reaction

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    Per the Sky Sports broadcast, former Red Bull driver Mark Webber conducted the post-race interviews, asking victor Nico Rosberg for his thoughts on a third race win of the season:

    It wasn't the easiest of races, trying to manage certain things happening, but I had a very very fast car again but it is great to win again. It was also great to get another one-two. It's great to be back in Austria, it's great to have a race here again and the fans have been fantastic.

    I am looking forward to the next one [at Silverstone], it is the home race so another one-two would be great to give the guys in the garage something to cheer about.

    He then asked Lewis Hamilton about his second place and highlighted the fact that the Englishman potentially lost out due to poor pit stops in which he lost vital time which could have been the difference considering how close he finished behind Rosberg:

    I have to look at the feedback, maybe my positioning isn't right. The guys have done a fantastic job for us to get another one-two and the fans here have been insane.

    Finally he moved to Valtteri Bottas, asking him to comment on his first ever podium finish and how the race-experience had been for the driver from Finland:

    I am really really happy and I am finding it hard to put it into words.

    The race was just what we needed at this point, the car was good again today and I am just grateful for the guys for giving me such a good car. 

Winners in Austria

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    The obvious winner was Nico Rosberg who stretched his lead at the head of the back in the drivers' championship and put in another solid display.

    Courtesy of Lewis Hamilton's two retirements, Rosberg leads the way despite having won fewer races but he needed to triumph in Austria to avoid Hamilton from cutting his lead down.

    It was a very solid drive from the German who goes ahead to the British Grand Prix in the fine position of guaranteeing he will still lead even if he retires at Silverstone.

    It was an impressive display from the Brit having started ninth on the grid, but overall Hamilton had a poor weekend as he finished it further back from his teammate than he started.

    Williams picked up a terrific load of points and Valtteri Bottas' display was possibly the drive of the race. Williams will now hope to build momentum going to Silverstone in two weeks time. 

Losers in Austria

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    Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel continued his torrid season with a third retirement of the year in Austria.

    Very early in the race the German reigning champion slowed to a halt, saying over his team radio via BBC Sport"I lost drive! I lost drive. Tell me what to do please."

    However, he managed to find a solution and was off and racing once again soon after. He then had to pit for a new nose after clipping the back of Esteban Gutierrez in the race for last place.

    Finally, on Lap 35 his car was retired as Red Bull decided there was no value in continuing to run and Vettel finished a nightmare of a race.

    His three unfinished races of this season are equal to the combined amount from the previous two years and the term is only eight races old.

    Toro Rosso's rookie driver Daniil Kyvat also did not finish, forced to retire after brake issues on Lap 26.