Mercedes Spoils Red Bull's Home Party

Austrian GP podium

 

At the conclusion of the Austrian Grand Prix, Nico Rosberg now stands a race clear in the championship after a narrow victory ahead of Mercedes team mate, Lewis Hamilton.

The Mercedes’ of Rosberg and Hamilton struggled in the opening laps of the race, both drivers being unable to pass the front running Williams’.

After the first set of pit stops, however, Rosberg was able to come out in front of Valtteri Bottas and Felipe Massa, whilst Hamilton managed to split the Williams pair.

Whilst these four battled at the front of the pack for the podium spots, Sebastian Vettel was left to scrap with back markers in last place.

The current world champion suffered a power failure on the first lap, and even though he managed to reset his car, Vettel was left in last place and a lap down on the leaders.

Sebastian Vettel retiring

Sebastian Vettel retiring after another race he would rather forget.

A small incident with Esteban Gutierrez a few laps later saw the Red Bull driver having to pit once again, and realizing a points finish was unlikely, the team retired him as the race crossed half distance.

Any chance of a Red Bull challenging for a podium position at their home race was further quashed with Daniel Ricciardo well off race pace, and being left to desperately challenge for the minor points until the chequered flag.

In the last twenty laps of the race, Hamilton was able to pass Bottas and begin his charge towards the leading Merc of Rosberg.

Trailing by only one second on the penultimate lap, Hamilton made a last minute dive in the final corners with Rosberg, now struggling with tyre grain, locking up his right front wheel.

Unfortunately for the 2008 world champion, his team mate collected his cool and managed to take his third victory in 2014.

Though Mercedes will be happy it got to spoil the party for Red Bull on Red Bull’s own turf, Williams will have the bigger smile.

Bottas claimed his first podium finish with third whilst the experienced Massa finished in fourth, leaving Williams now only two points behind fourth placed Force India in the Constructors’ Championship.

Tags: Daniel Riciardo Lewis Hamilton Mercedes Nico Rosberg Red Bull Racing Sebastian Vettel Valterri Bottas Williams

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