Hamilton wins dramatic Austrian GP

2016-07-03 16:10
Lewis Hamilton (Gallo Images)

Spielberg  - Lewis Hamilton crashed with his Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg in a wild final lap on Sunday as he claimed a dramatic victory in a pulsating Austrian Grand Prix.

The defending three-time world champion, who started from pole position, attacked the championship leader who defended hard at Turn Two where the pair collided.

Rosberg forced Hamilton off the track, but the Briton rejoined, the pair touching briefly again, and pulled clear to win. Behind him, Rosberg suffered a damaged front wing and dropped back to finish fourth.

The collision concluded a titanic contest between the two Mercedes men after an incident-packed race.

Dutch teenager Max Verstappen claimed his second career podium finishing second for Red Bull ahead of third placed Finn Kimi Raikkonen for Ferrari.

Rosberg was fourth ahead of Australian Daniel Ricciardo in the second Red Bull, Briton Jenson Button of McLaren Honda, Frenchman Romain Grosjean of Haas and Spaniard Carlos Sainz of Toro Rosso.

Finn Valtteri Bottas of Williams was ninth ahead of German Pascal Wehrlein, who claimed a fine final point for Manor.

The stewards announced an inquiry into Rosberg's part in the final lap collision after the race as Hamilton was jeered by some of the crowd as he stood on the podium.

"I was on the outside," said Hamilton, on team radio. "It wasn't me that crashed."

Hamilton's win ended Rosberg's hopes of a third consecutive victory and cut the German's lead in the title race from 24 points to 11 ahead of next weekend's British Grand Prix at Silverstone.

It was the 46th win of Hamilton's career.

Results and standings following the Austrian Formula One Grand Prix on Sunday:

1. Lewis Hamilton (GBR/Mercedes-AMG) 1hr 27min 38.107sec (average: 210.203 km/h), 2. Max Verstappen (NED/Red Bull) at 5.719, 3. Kimi Raikkonen (FIN/Ferrari) 6.024, 4. Nico Rosberg (GER/Mercedes-AMG) 16.710, 5. Daniel Ricciardo (AUS/Red Bull) 30.981, 6. Jenson Button (GBR/McLaren-Honda) 37.706, 7. Romain Grosjean (FRA/Haas) 44.668, 8. Carlos Sainz Jr (ESP/Toro Rosso) 47.400, 9. Valtteri Bottas (FIN/Williams) at 1 lap, 10. Pascal Wehrlein (GER/Manor) 1 lap, 11. Esteban Gutierrez (MEX/Haas) 1, 12. Jolyon Palmer (GBR/Renault) 1, 13. Felipe Nasr (BRA/Sauber) 1, 14. Kevin Magnussen (DEN/Renault) 1, 15. Marcus Ericsson (SWE/Sauber) 1, 16. Rio Haryanto (INA/Manor) 1, 17. Sergio Perez (MEX/Force India) at 2 laps, 18. Fernando Alonso (ESP/McLaren-Honda) 7, 19. Nico Hlkenberg (GER/Force India) 7, 20. Felipe Massa (BRA/Williams) at 8 laps

Overall standings


1. Nico Rosberg (GER) 153 pts 2. Lewis Hamilton (GBR) 142 3. Sebastian Vettel (GER) 96 4. Kimi Rikknen (FIN) 96 5. Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) 88 6. Max Verstappen (NED) 72 7. Valtteri Bottas (FIN) 54 8. Sergio Prez (MEX) 39 9. Felipe Massa (BRA) 38 10. Romain Grosjean (FRA) 28 11. Daniil Kvyat (RUS) 22 12. Carlos Sainz Jr (ESP) 22 13. Nico Hlkenberg (GER) 20 14. Fernando Alonso (ESP) 18 15. Jenson Button (GBR) 13 16. Kevin Magnussen (DEN) 6 17. Pascal Wehrlein (GER) 1 18. Stoffel Vandoorne (BEL) 1


1. Mercedes-AMG 295 pts 2. Ferrari 192 3. Red Bull 168 4. Williams 92 5. Force India 59 6. Toro Rosso 36

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