Nico Rosberg held off Mercedes team mate Lewis Hamilton to claim victory in the Austrian Grand Prix at the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg on Sunday. Hamilton started in pole position but was swiftly overtaken by Rosberg before there was early drama in the race as three of the twenty drivers were forced to retire within the first three laps after Fernando Alonso clipped the back of Kimi Raikkonen’s car, causing a collision between the two while Will Stevens was forced out due to a mechanical fault. McLaren suffered another blow as Jenson Button became the fourth driver to depart after car trouble while Rosberg had built up a healthy four second lead over Hamilton in second after 25 laps.
The race was reduced to 13 cars after Romain Grosjean and Carlos Sainz were forced to quit as the world champion suffered a five second penalty for crossing the line at the pit exit and was 6.4 seconds behind Rosberg after 51 laps. However, the Brit was 16 seconds ahead of Felipe Massa in third who overtook Sebastian Vettel after the German fell behind due to a lengthy pit stop. There were complaints from Rosberg near the end due to vibration problems however it did not effect the German as he secured back-to-back race wins, with Hamilton finishing next and Massa compleing the podium; his first such finish of the season.
Vettel and Valtteri Bottas finished fourth and fifth respectively.