Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton grabbed a dramatic victory at the Austrian Grand Prix despite colliding with teammate Nico Rosberg on a thrilling final lap.
The 31-year-old British driver was handed a 10-second penalty and two penalty points by the stewards for causing a last-lap collision but kept hold of fourth place. Hamilton was also reprimanded for failing to slow down with a badly-damaged F1 car.
In the closing laps of the race, Hamilton caught Rosberg, attacking him at Turn 3 with three laps to go, but Rosberg tried to defend his position. The Mercedes pair started the last lap just half a second apart, and Hamilton got a DRS run on Rosberg, who was suffering a brake-by-wire problem at that time.
As Hamilton tried to edge him around the outside, Rosberg hit him as Hamilton turned in. Although Hamilton was punted wide, Hamilton was able to pass his struggling teammate and score victory.
Red Bull’s Max Verstappen grabbed second place with Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen taking the final podium spot. Mercedes’ Nico Rosberg limped home fourth, ahead of the fourth placed Daniel Ricciardo of Red Bull Racing.
Mclaren-Honda Jenson Button was sixth, while Haas F1’s Romain Grosjean finished seventh, despite a 5s penalty for speeding in the pitlane.
Force India’s Sergio Perez had been on course to take that position but crashed heavily on the final lap at Turn 3 of the race.
Toro Rosso’s Carlos Sainz has managed to secure the eighth place after Sainz and Perez had banged wheels earlier in their fierce battle. Williams’ Valtteri Bottas took ninth place, ahead of Manor’s Pascal Wehrlein.
Haas F1’s Esteban Gutierrez took took the eleventh place, Renault’s Jolyon Palmer finished 12th, ahead of Sauber’s Felipe Nasr, who started on fresh soft tyres and ran a mammoth first stint that elevated him as high as seventh in the middle stages.
Renault’s Kevin Magnussen, who has changed direction many times to defend from Wehrlein, finished 14th. Sauber’s Marcus Ericsson was 15th, ahead of Manor’s Rio Haryanto.
Force India’s Nico Hulkenberg, who had a wretched race from his front-row starting spot and complained of vibrations, has retired before the end of the race.
Toro Rosso’s Daniil Kvyat has also made an early retirement from the race due to technical failure. Williams’ Felipe Massa also exited the race due to structural damage found on his new front wing. Red Bull’s Fernando Alonso also exited the race.
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