Lewis Hamilton beats Nico Rosberg in Austria
Lewis Hamilton won Sunday’s Grand Prix in Spielberg after passing Mercedes team mate Nico Rosberg for the lead on the very last lap. The pair made contact in the move, leaving Rosberg to trail home fourth, as Red Bull’s Max Verstappen and Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen completed the podium.
Rosberg is currently under investigation by the FIA stewards for causing a collision and failing to stop with a seriously damaged car. Mercedes say that his brake-by-wire system went into passive mode on the penultimate lap.
Behind Hamilton, Verstappen drove another superb race to take second, 5.7s behind and only three-tenths of a second ahead of a charging Raikkonen. The Finn’s partner Sebastian Vettel had looked comfortable in front after early leader Hamilton had stopped to switch his ultrasoft Pirelli tyres for softs, but the Ferrari suffered a violent right-rear supersoft puncture on the 27th lap and crashed into the pit wall. Pirelli attributed the failure to debris on the track.