Austrian Grand Prix: Victory for Hamilton after last-lap clash with Rosberg
Lewis Hamilton steals the victory in the Austrian Grand Prix at Red Bull Ring from teammate Nico Rosberg after a last-lap contact which almost caused a retirement of both Mercedes drivers. Hamilton attacked Rosberg from the outside in Turn 2, the German driver closed the doors and two cars collided.
Some parts felt from both cars, but Rosberg’s car was severely damaged and he was forced to continue without a front wing. It slowed him down, so Max Verstappen and Kimi Raikkonen passed him for a podium. Rosberg reached the finish line in the fourth place.
Before the final clash, Rosberg was on course to score his sixth season’s victory. He took the lead from pole-sitter Hamilton through the pitstops. Rosberg pitted earlier, on Lap 11, while Hamilton had a slow pitstop on Lap 22 and he lost the valuable seconds. After a second tyre change, on Lap 55, Hamilton remained behind Rosberg.
One of the highlights of the race was Sebastian Vettel’s crash on Lap 26, after his right-rear tyre exploded on the start/finish line. Vettel’s Ferrari violently hit the fence but the driver was luckily unhurt.
Max Verstappen, who was on one-stop strategy, gained his second-best career result, after a sensational victory in Barcelona. His teammate Daniel Ricciardo was behind young Dutchman, but Kimi Raikkonen passed him for P4. After Rosberg’s misfortune, Raikkonen was promoted to the podium. Ricciardo finished fifth, behind Jenson Button. Romain Grosjean, Carlos Sainz, Valtteri Bottas and Pascal Wehrlein completed the Top 10. Wehrlein earned the first point ever for Manor. Sergio Perez was on P7 until the last lap, when he crashed in Turn 3.