F1 | Nico notches up another win in Austria

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Nico notches up another win in Austria

Written and Images by - Jarrod Moore  

RACE

With the threat of rain before the race, teams were happy to see patches of blue sky over the track as drivers took longer than usual to leave the pits to take their grid positions.

As the five red lights extinguished over the start/finish line, Lewis Hamilton with too much wheel spin struggled to get the start he needed to attack Nico Rosberg into the first two corners.

However behind the leading silver arrows pair, there was plenty to fight for at the Austrian Red Bull Ring.

With McLaren’s weekend all but done due to engine failures, Jenson Button and Fernando Alonso started at the back of the grid with Alonso chosen to salvage what data they could with new upgrades.

By turn two on the first lap any hope of capturing test data was done when Kimi Raikkonen’s Ferrari lost traction veering heavily into the side McLaren which ended on top of the stricken Ferrari. Both drivers escaped injury and suggested it was a weekend they would soon rather forget.

The woes continued for McLaren when Button’s brand new engine experienced issues that couldn’t be addressed on track and was forced to retire after only ten laps.

With a commanding lead over Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel, the faultless Rosberg pitted for super soft tyres. Hamilton keen to decrease the gap to his teammate pitted soon after but received a five second penalty for crossing the pit exit line on his re-entry to the track.

Vettel pitted soon after but was held up for ten seconds with a cross threaded wheel nut which allowed Williams F1 Felipe Massa to take his third position.

Mercedes AMG once again proved to be the dominant force with Rosberg taking home the first place silverware followed by Hamilton. The rift between the two drivers is set to continue as they aim for maximum driver championship points.

For third it was a dash to the finish with Vettel clawing back time from Massa but the Ferrari simply didn’t have the capacity to match the Mercedes powered Williams. Massa eventually crossed the finish line in third place, a mere four tenths of a second in front of Vettel.

Competing at their home Grand Prix, Red Bull like McLaren started at the back of the grid after serving grid penalties for swapping engines. Daniel Ricciardo’s tenacity saved the day making his way through the field to fight on 50 lap old tyres with Lotus F1 driver Pastor Maldonado for seventh position.

It’s only the second time that Maldonado has finished in the points two race weekends in a row.

With no way past Maldonado, Ricciardo pitted for new tyres and crossed the line in eighth position gaining some much needed points for the struggling Red Bull team.

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Formula 1 Championship

POSITION DRIVER TEAM POINTS
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team 169
2 Nico Rosberg Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team 159
3 Sebastian Vettel Scuderia Ferrari 120
4 Kimi Räikkönen Scuderia Ferrari 72
5 Valtteri Bottas Williams Martini Racing-Mercedes 67
6 Felipe Massa Williams Martini Racing-Mercedes 62
7 Daniel Riccardo Infiniti Red Bull-Renault 36
8 Daniil Kvyat Infiniti Red Bull-Renault 19
9 Nico Hulkenberg Sahara Force India-Mercedes 18
10 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Mercedes 17
11 Felipe Nasr Sauber 16
12 Sergio Perez Sahara Force India-Mercedes 13
13 Pastor Maldonado Lotus-Mercedes 12
14 Max Verstappen Scuderia Toro Rosso-Renault 10
15 Carlos Sainz Jr Scuderia Toro Rosso-Renault 9
16 Marcus Ericsson Sauber 5
17 Jenson Button McLaren Honda 4
18 Will Stevens Manor Marussia-Ferrari 0
19 Roberto Merhi Manor Marussia-Ferrari 0
20 Fernando Alonso McLaren Honda 0

 

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