Austrian F1 Grand Prix 2014 Results: Winner, Standings, Highlights and Reaction
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.
Here are the full results from the race in Spielberg, via Formula1.com:
|2||44||Lewis Hamilton||Mercedes||71||+1.9 secs||9||18|
|3||77||Valtteri Bottas||Williams-Mercedes||71||+8.1 secs||2||15|
|4||19||Felipe Massa||Williams-Mercedes||71||+17.3 secs||1||12|
|5||14||Fernando Alonso||Ferrari||71||+18.5 secs||4||10|
|6||11||Sergio Perez||Force India-Mercedes||71||+28.5 secs||15||8|
|7||20||Kevin Magnussen||McLaren-Mercedes||71||+32.0 secs||6||6|
|8||3||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull Racing-Renault||71||+43.5 secs||5||4|
|9||27||Nico Hulkenberg||Force India-Mercedes||71||+44.1 secs||10||2|
|10||7||Kimi Räikkönen||Ferrari||71||+47.7 secs||8||1|
|11||22||Jenson Button||McLaren-Mercedes||71||+50.9 secs||11|
|12||13||Pastor Maldonado||Lotus-Renault||70||+1 Lap||13|
|13||99||Adrian Sutil||Sauber-Ferrari||70||+1 Lap||16|
|14||8||Romain Grosjean||Lotus-Renault||70||+1 Lap||22|
|15||17||Jules Bianchi||Marussia-Ferrari||69||+2 Lap||18|
|16||10||Kamui Kobayashi||Caterham-Renault||69||+2 Lap||19|
|17||4||Max Chilton||Marussia-Ferrari||69||+2 Lap||21|
|18||9||Marcus Ericsson||Caterham-Renault||69||+2 Lap||20|
|19||21||Esteban Gutierrez||Sauber-Ferrari||69||+2 Lap||17|
|Ret||25||Jean-Eric Vergne||STR-Renault||59||+12 Lap||14|
|Ret||1||Sebastian Vettel||Red Bull Racing-Renault||34||+37 Laps||12|
|Ret||26||Daniil Kvyat||STR-Renault||24||+47 Laps||7|
Updated Driver Standings
This is what has happened to the drivers' standings as a result of the Austrian race, per BBC Sport:
|3||Daniel Ricciardo||Aus||Red Bull||83|
|5||Sebastian Vettel||Ger||Red Bull||60|
|6||Nico Hulkenberg||Ger||Force India||59|
|11||Sergio Perez||Mex||Force India||28|
|14||Jean-Eric Vergne||Fra||Toro Rosso||8|
|15||Daniil Kvyat||Rus||Toro Rosso||4|
Updated Team Standings
Here's how the constructors' championship looks after the race:
|2||Red Bull Racing-Renault||143|
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
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
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.