Austrian F1 Grand Prix 2016 Results: Winner, Standings, Highlights and Reaction

James Dudko@@JamesDudkoFeatured ColumnistJuly 3, 2016

Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain leads the field after the start during the Formula One Grand Prix, at the Red Bull Ring in racetrack, in Spielberg, Austria, Sunday, July. 3, 2016. (AP Photo/Kerstin Joensson)
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Lewis Hamilton won the 2016 Austrian Formula One Grand Prix in Spielberg on Sunday in controversial fashion, after a last-lap collision knocked Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg out of the lead.

Rosberg ended the race "under investigation for causing a collision and failing to stop with a seriously damaged car," according to Pablo Elizalde of Motorsport.com.

After the race, Rosberg appeared to blame Hamilton for the contact, per Formula One:

But the Englishman defended his actions:

Hamilton may feel vindicated after a lengthy pit stop stunted his progress earlier, shortly before Mercedes appeared to hand Rosberg the initiative, after speeding him through a much swifter pit stop.

Red Bull Racing's Max Verstappen came second, while Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen finished third to earn the final podium place on the day.

Formula One posted the provisional classification:

The final results are available at the Formula One official site, along with the driver standings, after Hamilton cut Rosberg's gap at the top to 11 points.

Daniil Kvyat's nightmare weekend had one more moment of misery when the Torro Rosso driver was forced to retire. Kvyat had already suffered a major crash in qualifying, per the F1 official site, an incident that dropped him to the pits for the big race, according to Sky Sports F1.

It was just the start of a day of issues. Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel suffered when his rear tyre blew out when he was in the lead, per Formula One:

Earlier, Force India's Nico Hulkenberg experienced a similar problem. Soon it was the turn of McLaren's Jenson Button to experience trouble with the back tyre.

Yet, while other drivers found it tough to get to grips with the circuit, Hamilton maintained a steady pace at the front. The Mercedes ultrasoft tyres were working a treat on the permanent road course, even with the slick provided by light rain. By contrast, the supersofts Vettel opted for lasted 29 laps before giving out.

Typically, Hamilton wasn't the only Mercedes driver to enjoy a fast start. Rosberg did the same, despite beginning in sixth. The German had already moved into fourth by the time he approached Turn 2.

Clocking the fastest lap helped Rosberg take the lead after 35 laps, with Hamilton trailing. The former had built a gap of almost two seconds headed into the final 30 laps.

However, a wide run on the first turn slowed Rosberg somewhat, allowing Hamilton to rally and close the gap to just over a second. Rosberg made a similar gaffe on the next turn, as Hamilton cranked up the pressure, according to Channel 4 F1:

L&T Motorsport felt the race had fallen into a familiar and rather predictable pattern:

Rosberg's lead was less than a second with over 50 laps on the clock. But a pit stop for Hamilton helped extend the advantage after Rosberg made quicker work of his breather in the pit.

Now TV Sport felt recent troubling history was repeating itself for Hamilton:

Rosberg resumed on supersofts, something that appeared to anger Hamilton:

Yet, while Hamilton complained, Rosberg took his lead back from Verstappen, who had taken brief advantage of those Mercedes pit stops.

Verstappen couldn't hold off Rosberg, but he did temporarily keep Hamilton frustrated in third.

While Hamilton jockeyed to try to resume the lead, other drivers felt like saving themselves once it became clear they couldn't improve. Williams' Felipe Massa, along with Hulkenberg, headlined the late retirees:

Hamilton had the incentive to continue, though. He managed to close the gap to three-10ths of a second as Mercedes' star drivers neared the final lap.

It was at the second turn when the collision happened. BBC Sport F1 provided details:

Afterwards, Hamilton lauded the track:

Not everybody was pleased, though, and Hamilton heard himself booed at the podium. It was a reaction that failed to ruffle the world champion:

Meanwhile, Rosberg tried to explain how Hamilton had clawed back the lead:

Mercedes officials Niki Lauda and Toto Wolff offered their own interpretations of the collision:

Whatever your interpretation of that contentious last lap, this is a finish sure leave a sour taste among many, particularly Rosberg. 

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