Reigning world champion Lewis Hamilton took victory under controversial circumstances in the Austrian Grand Prix at the Red Bull Ring on Sunday afternoon. The English was in second place going onto the final lap of the race and was closing on his team mate when Nico Rosberg trying to defend his position collided with Hamilton forcing the three time world champion off the track.
Rosberg was handed a 10s penalty after being found to have caused the accident he was also given two penalty points on his licence.
As a result of the crash Rosberg broke his front wing and ended up dropping out of the top three with Red Bull Racing’s Max Verstappen taking second place ahead of Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen. Speaking following the race, Verstappen commented by saying:
It’s a great feeling to get the second Formula 1 podium of my career. For sure that was a good race today, the car was performing well, as were the tyres. I managed to overtake some cars at the start and had some good battles so that was really good fun. From there on I did my own race, Kimi was catching fast but I managed to hold him off until the end. I expected P3 but got the P2, I was surprised but very happy to pick up another position in the last lap. The safety car definitely helped us today and allowed us to make the most of the pit stops. Towards the end we had to deal with the pressure but that just means you can’t make any mistakes, and we didn’t today. I hit some traffic which cooled the tyres and made it a bit tricky but we finished with no problems. We are working hard for this season and picking up podiums so it’s definitely positive looking at 2017, and looking at Silverstone next week it should be good, the car usually performs better there than here so that is another positive after a good day today.
Daniel Ricciardo finished the race in fifth place and speaking following the event he commented by saying:
I think for the team it was a really good day. We didn’t expect to be on the podium here in Austria. Obviously I wish I was up there with Max, but from my side the race was a bit disappointing. At the beginning we seemed to get passed before Turn 8 which is not normal, so that was a bit frustrating but then once it settled we just weren’t quick. I was obviously trying to push on the tyre and then get what I could out of it. It seemed we could hold the pace, but then when everyone was improving and getting quicker and quicker we were just getting slower and slower. For now I just want to understand why and look into it. If there are things I need to do better, then I will make sure to figure that out. I’m glad the Red Bull Ring and Silverstone are back to back. It’s always nice when you can get back into a race straight away so hopefully Silverstone is better. We’ve got a few days to work out why I wasn’t quick today, but I’m in the factory tomorrow so we’ve got time to look into it. But for now for sure it was disappointing not to be quicker.
McLaren Honda’s Jenson Button who started the event from third place on the grid had a solid Grand Prix ending up in sixth place just ahead of the Haas F1 Team’s Romain Grosjean who scored more points for the American team strengthening their place in eighth place in the championship just 4 points behind McLaren Honda.
Carlos Sainz finished the race in eighth place ahead of Williams Martini Racing’s Valtteri Bottas.
It was a fantastic race for the Manor Racing Team as Pascal Werhlein who started the race in 12th place scored the UK based outfit’s first point of the season as he ended the race in 10th place.
The Haas F1 Team’s Esteban Gutierrez ended the race just outside the top ten in 11th place with the Renault Sport F1 Team’s Jolyon Palmer coming home in 12th place.
Felipe Nasr finished the race in 13th place for the Sauber F1 Team just ahead of Kevin Magnussen in the second Renault while Marcus Ericsson finished the race in 15th place while Rio Haryanto ended the race in 16th place while Sahara Force India’s Sergio ‘Checo’ Perez was the last car classified in 17th place.