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Nico Rosberg Extends Championship Lead with Austrian Grand Prix Victory

June 22nd, 2014 at 12:35 PM
By Mark Eddinger

Formula One returned to Spielberg, Austria for the first race in over 10 years at the newly named Red Bull Ring for the Austrian Grand Prix and it was another one-two finish for Mercedes with Nico Rosberg taking the win and Lewis Hamilton finishing second on Sunday. For Rosberg it was his third win of the 2014 season and the sixth of his F1 career.

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The win helped extend his championship points lead to 29 points over Hamilton. Mercedes has won seven of the eight races this season.

Felipe Massa started on the pole with his Williams Martini Racing teammate Valtteri Bottas in second on the grid. The Mercedes of Nico Rosberg was able to get a good start and passed Bottas into Turn 1 but Bottas fought back to take second out of Turn 2. By the end of lap 1 Lewis Hamilton had moved from ninth on the grid to fourth in his Mercedes.

On lap 2 Sebastian Vettel had an issue develop on his Red Bull Racing car and he stalled on track. He would lose a lap before his car came back under fire and he continued in the race.

The top four drivers of Massa, Bottas, Rosberg, and Hamilton separated themselves from the field before the first pit stops. Of the leaders Rosberg was the first to pit on lap 11. Hamilton pitted on lap 13. Also on lap 13 Esteban Gutierrez's Sauber was released from his pit stop without the right-rear tire completely on.

Massa pitted from the lead on lap 14 but came back on track behind both Rosberg and Hamilton. Bottas then pitted on lap 15 and blended in behind Rosberg but ahead of Hamilton. Segio Perez meanwhile was stretching his first tire run and held the lead with Rosberg, Bottas, Hamilton, and Massa close behind.

On lap 25 Daniil Kvyat had a right rear suspension and tire issue and got off track. He would retire his Toro Rosso from the race.

The battle for the lead heated up on lap 27 when Rosberg and Bottas passed Perez in Turn 2. Perez would pit on lap 29 for his first stop. On lap 36 after having some on track contact the Red Bull team of Sebastian Vettel retired his car from the race.

Lewis Hamilton pitted on lap 39 to be the first of the leaders to take their second stop. Rosberg then pitted from the lead on lap 40 and was able to stay ahead of Hamilton. Bottas pitted on lap 41 but lost his position on track to Hamilton. Massa would pit on lap 43 and when Fernando Alonso pitted on lap 47 Rosberg was back into the lead.

Jean-Eric Vergne would retire his Toro Rosso on lap 61 with break issues making it a double-retirement for that team in Austria.

Over the final 10 laps Rosberg kept his lead at about 1.2 seconds over his Mercedes teammate Hamilton. On the final lap Hamilton would close to within 0.6 seconds and Rosberg made a little mistake but Hamilton was unable to make a move and Rosberg captured his third win of the 2014 season.

Bottas finished 8.1 seconds back in third place for his first career podium finish in his 27th F1 start. Felipe Massa finished fourth with Fernando Alonso fifth for Ferrari. Segio Perez finished sixth for Force India, rookie Kevin Magnussen finished seventh for McLaren, Daniel Ricciardo eighth for Red Bull, Nico Hulkenberg ninth for Force India, and Kimi Raikkonen got the last championship point with a tenth place finish for Ferrari.

After eight of the 19 races Rosberg leads the championship with 165 points. Hamilton has 136. Sitting third in the standings is Daniel Riccardo with 83 points. Fernando Alonso is fourth with 79, Sebastian Vettel fifth with 60, Nico Hulkenberg sixth with 59, and Valtteri Bottas seventh with 55. Jenson Button is eighth, Felipe Massa ninth, and Kevin Magnussen tenth.

Mercedes has a comfortable lead in the constructors' standings with 301 total points. Red Bull is second with 143, Ferrari is third with 98, Force India is fourth with 87, and Williams Martini Racing is fifth with 85.

The next race is July 6th at Silverstone for the British Grand Prix.

Tags: Daniel Ricciardo, Felipe Massa, Fernando Alonso, Formula One, Kevin Magnussen, Kimi Raikkonen, Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, Motorsports, Nico Hulkenberg, Nico Rosberg, Sebastian Vettel, Valtteri Bottas, Williams Martini Racing

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