The Austrian Grand Prix had its moments right from the start with a large crash involving Kimi Raikkonen and Fernando Alonso ending the race for both drivers.
Despite the Safety Car period, the race resumed with Nico Rosberg leading the way having beaten pole-sitter Lewis Hamilton at the start. Rosberg pressed for a gap and eventually took the win with Hamilton second and Williams F1 driver Felipe Massa third.
|6||Nico Hulkenberg||Force India/Mercedes||71|
|8||Max Verstappen||Toro Rosso/Renault||70|
|9||Sergio Perez||Force India/Mercedes||70|
|10||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull/Renault||70|
|12||Daniil Kvyat||Red Bull/Renault||70|
|–||Carlos Sainz||Toro Rosso/Renault||35|
A big win for Nico Rosberg who needed to erase the points gain that Hamilton garnered for his win in Canada two weeks ago. Nico needs to keep this pace up and given Hamilton’s recent qualifying dominance, the German will have to focus on race starts to get the jump on the champion.
A win for Felipe Massa who had to hold off the Ferrari of Sebastian Vettel for third having gained the spot due to a slow pit stop from Ferrari. Massa drove very well to keep the 4-time champion behind him and claim the final podium spot.
A win for Force India who managed to bring both cars home in the points with Nico Hulkenberg, off his terrific Le Mans win, claiming 6th place.
A win for Lotus driver Pastor Maldonado who nearly threw away a points finish with a few tankslappers but managed to scrape together a points finish.
A fail for Kimi Raikkonen as his team apparently missed the qualifying strategy placing him well back on the grid. The Finnish driver had an odd tankslapper on the opening lap which collected the McLaren of Fernando Alonso pinning his car against the Armco and on top of the Ferrari. Luckily no one was hurt in the incident.
Fail for Red Bull who could only manage a 10th place finish for Ricciardo while Kvyat finished outside the points and both drivers were beaten by junior team driver, Max Verstappen.
Carlos Sainz had a bad race with a penalty and mechanical issues to DNF along with McLaren’s Jenson Button.
A fail for Ferrari this weekend who left Raikkonen on the back of the grid and had a pit stop issue for Vettel removing him from the podium as a result.
A fail for Sauber who might have had their best chance to score more points given the amount of attrition in this race but failed to capitalize on the lack of cars on the grid at the finish.
A WTH moment for Raikkonen and his qualifying as well as race crash which once again cost the team valuable points.
A WTH moment for Lewis Hamilton for crossing the pit exit line which was a bit odd for a driver like Lewis. The 5-second penalty didn’t impact his result but could have had Ferrari had their act together.