Formula 1: Rosberg wins in Austria
Mercedes is still unbeatable in Formula 1 after Nico Rosberg won Austrian GP at Red Bull Ring, while Lewis Hamilton finished second. First half of the race was very interesting, but the second half missed some real action.
So lot excitement was at the start as Rosberg went ahead of Hamilton at turn 1, while in the second lap huge crash was seen as Kimi Raikkonen lost control of his Ferrari and Fernando Alonso’s McLaren literally went on him crashing on the barriers. Luckilly, both drivers remained unhurt. Safety car was employed and stayed on the track for four laps.
Another disappointing weekend for McLaren ended in lap 10 after Jenson Button retired, just after he has served his penalty. At the top of the grid standings were unchanged with Rosberg on top, followed by Hamilton, Sebastian Vettel, Felipe Massa and Nico Hulkenberg.
It was really action packed race with lot of happenings on and off the track. Driving mistakes, few penalties, pit-stop failures, absolutely everything was seen at Red Bull Ring. Despite mistakes he made, Rosberg stayed first followed by Hamilton who was penalized with five seconds after going over the line at pit exit.
Massa moved to third after Vettel was stuck in the pit, while Valtteri Bottas and Hulkenberg were in battle for fifth position. With 25 laps to go, only 14 drivers remained in the race. After Alonso, Raikkonen and Button, three more were forced to retire due to technical reasons – Will Stevens, Carlos Sainz and Romain Grosjean.
With 15 laps to go, it looked like everything was decided in the battle for the places at podium. Rosberg was 6.5 seconds of Hamilton, while Massa was two seconds in front of Vettel in the battle for third. But, nothing has changed in the final laps so Mercedes clinched another 1-2 finish with Felipe Massa third which is first podium finish for Brazilian in 2015.
Sebastian Vettel had to settle at fourth, Valtteri Bottas completed fine race for Williams finishing fifth, while sixth place won Nico Hulkenberg. Pastor Maldonado also was good finishing seventh, Max Verstappen was eighth, Sergio Perez finished as ninth and Daniel Ricciardo tenth.