Nico Rosberg has held off team-mate Lewis Hamilton in the dying stages of the Austrian Grand Prix to pick up the eighth win of his career.
Rosberg was able to clear both Williams drivers in the first pit stop stage by pitting a few laps earlier than the duo, and extend his lead over Hamilton to 29 points.
While it was the sixth one two finish for Mercedes this season, it was the first podium finish for Valtteri Bottas who was eight seconds behind Rosberg.
Rosberg got a good start off the line and passed Bottas at the first corner, although it was short lived as Bottas used the Williams’ superior straight line speed to retake second position.
These were good signs for Williams as they showed a lot of progress in the fight to catch the Mercedes.
After the team’s best result last race in Canada, Red Bull suffered one of their worst races as Sebastian Vettel suffered power issues on lap 2. He eventually got drive back but by this stage he was already a lap down. Vettel continued to race hoping for a safety car to un-lap himself; however after a tangle with Jean-Eric Vergne the team retired his car on lap 37.
The other two retirements of the race were also from the Red Bull family. Toro Rosso lost Daniil Kvyat on lap 26 when his right rear suspension failed, and his team-mate Vergne exited the race 15 laps later with brake problems.
A fantastic start and first lap by Hamilton saw him jump from ninth to fourth position at the end of the first lap, almost undoing his poor qualifying performance yesterday.
However, strategy may have cost him the win as he pitted two laps later than Rosberg and lost time by staying out as well as an average pit stop.
Force India’s Sergio Perez lead the race after the top four pitted, as he started on the prime tyre and opted for a long first stint.
The move paid off well for the Mexican, as he passed McLaren’s Kevin Magnussen in the closing stages for sixth position after starting fifteenth on the grid. There were a couple of times where Perez had to fend off Felipe Massa running on a different strategy, although the two never got too close as Perez would make his scheduled pit stop.
His team-mate Nico Hulkenberg ran a similar strategy but failed to make much of an impact on the race. For the second race in succession he was passed on the final lap, this time by Daniel Ricciardo who made a magnificent move on the outside of Turn Four for eighth.
Fernando Alonso quietly went about his business, briefly leading the race at one stage during the second round of pit stops and eventually going on to finish in fifth place after pressing Massa for fourth.
He has finished ahead of team-mate Kimi Raikkonen at every race so far this year.
Pastor Maldonado was the first of the lapped cars ahead of Adrian Sutil and team-mate Romain Grosjean.
2014 Austrian Formula 1 Grand Prix – Final Classification (71 laps):
|Driver||Team / Entry||Laps||Result|
|1.||Nico Rosberg||Mercedes AMG Petronas F1W05||71||1:27:54.976|
|2.||Lewis Hamilton||Mercedes AMG Petronas F1W05||71||+ 1.932|
|3.||Valtteri Bottas||Williams Martini Racing Mercedes FW36||71||+ 8.172|
|4.||Felipe Massa||Williams Martini Racing Mercedes FW36||71||+ 17.358|
|5.||Fernando Alonso||Scuderia Ferrari F14T||71||+ 18.553|
|6.||Sergio Pérez||Force India Mercedes Mercedes VJM07||71||+ 28.546|
|7.||Kevin Magnussen||McLaren Mercedes MP4-29||71||+ 32.031|
|8.||Daniel Ricciardo||Infiniti Red Bull Racing Renault RB10||71||+ 43.522|
|9.||Nico Hülkenberg||Force India Mercedes Mercedes VJM07||71||+ 44.137|
|10.||Kimi Räikkönen||Scuderia Ferrari F14T||71||+ 47.777|
|11.||Jenson Button||McLaren Mercedes MP4-29||71||+ 50.966|
|12.||Pastor Maldonado||Lotus F1 Team Renault E22||70||1 lap behind|
|13.||Adrian Sutil||Sauber F1 Team Ferrari C33||70||1 lap behind|
|14.||Romain Grosjean||Lotus F1 Team Renault E22||70||1 lap behind|
|15.||Jules Bianchi||Marussia F1 Team Ferrari MR03||69||2 laps behind|
|16.||Kamui Kobayashi||Caterham F1 Team Renault CT05||69||2 laps behind|
|17.||Max Chilton||Marussia F1 Team Ferrari MR03||69||2 laps behind|
|18.||Marcus Ericsson||Caterham F1 Team Renault CT05||69||2 laps behind|
|19.||Esteban Gutiérrez||Sauber F1 Team Ferrari C33||69||2 laps behind|
|DNF.||Jean-Éric Vergne||Scuderia Toro Rosso Renault STR9||59||Brakes|
|DNF.||Sebastian Vettel||Infiniti Red Bull Racing Renault RB10||34||Withdrew|
|DNF.||Daniil Kvyat||Scuderia Toro Rosso Renault STR9||24||Suspension|
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