Ricciardo scores Red Bull’s 50th win while Mercedes duo clash

Ricciardo Spa 2014

Daniel Ricciardo achieved his third career victory at Spa-Francorchamps, as the Formula 1 championship protagonists Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton collided.

The Red Bull Racing driver made a habit of picking up the pieces when the Silver Arrows trips up, and the Australian produced another flawless race to fend off the recovering Rosberg by just 3.3 seconds to score his second consecutive win.

Rosberg extended his championship lead after a recovery drive to second, while Mercedes team-mate Hamilton posted his third retirement of the season.

Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen looked set to score his first podium of the season, but ultimately lost out to the Williams of Valtteri Bottas in the closing stages of the Belgian Grand Prix.

As for the defending Formula 1 world champion Sebastian Vettel, the Red Bull driver won a thrilling late battle for fifth from the McLarens of Kevin Magnussen and Jenson Button, and Fernando Alonso’s Ferrari.

The Mercedes drivers locked out the front row by some distance in wet qualifying, but collided on lap two, as slow-starting poleman Rosberg attempted to re-pass Hamilton for the lead on the run to Les Combes.

Rosberg had a look around the outside of his team-mate but clipped Hamilton’s left-rear tyre as he backed out of the move and tried to tuck back in.

Hamilton limped back to the pits with a puncture and floor damage from a brief excursion, and spent the rest of his race battling a lack of pace in his W05.

Lewis pleaded with his team to retire his car to save engine mileage. He eventually retired to the pits with five laps to the flag.

Rosberg was told to stay out with a damaged front wing endplate after the incident.

That made the championship leader vulnerable, but he retained the lead as the top six ran in close formation early on, before the German dived into the pits to begin the first round of stops on lap eight of 44 and took a new front wing.

That dropped him behind Raikkonen’s Ferrari, which stopped on the same lap as Rosberg and leapt up from sixth to second as the first round of pit stops played out.

The pit delay ultimately left Rosberg fourth, behind Vettel’s Red Bull, while new leader Ricciardo (who crucially passed his Red Bull team-mate when the reigning Vettel saved a wild moment on the exit of Pouhon on lap five) eased away from Raikkonen at the front.

Rosberg switched to an alternative three-stop strategy over the conventional two, and dived into the pits for an early second stop on lap 17, having failed to pass Vettel and fallen behind the Williams of Bottas.

The Mercedes driver used his second set of medium Pirelli tyres to good effect, despite concerns over a front vibration, and rose back up to second when the other frontrunners made their final stops.

Rosberg had to pit for a third time with ten laps to go, which relieved the pressure on Ricciardo and dropped the Mercedes back to fourth, behind Raikkonen and the Williams of Valtteri Bottas, which slipstreamed past on the run to Les Combes.

Rosberg was quickly back through to third on his fresh set of tyres, passing Bottas at Blanchimont and then nailing Raikkonen easily on the Kemmel straight on the following lap.

The championship leader trailed Ricciardo by just under twenty seconds with eight laps to run and needed to be around 2.5 seconds per lap faster than the Australian to overhaul him, but he ultimately fell short by 3.3 seconds at the finish.

Bottas claimed his fourth podium of the season in third, while Raikkonen recorded the best result for Ferrari in fourth.

Vettel had been in podium contention, but had to come back through the pack after switching to a three-stop strategy.

He took advantage of the battling between Magnussen, Alonso and Button to claim fifth, while Magnussen just held off McLaren team-mate Button for sixth.

But after the Belgian Grand Prix, race stewards have decided the Kevin Magnussen was to aggressive in fending off Fernando Alonso and decided to penalise the McLaren driver with a twenty-second penalty.

Alonso – who incurred a five-second penalty for his Ferrari mechanics being late away from the grid – damaged his Ferrari in the late battling, which included a three-abreast moment at Les Combes, and trailed home eighth after starting fourth.

Sergio Perez and Toro Rosso’s Daniil Kvyat rounded out the points scorers in ninth and tenth, with Kvyat just holding off Perez’s Force India team-mate Nico Hulkenberg by 0.3 second.

The second Williams of Felipe Massa finished a disappointing P13, behind the second Toro Rosso of Jean-Eric Vergne.

So a dramatic race at Spa-Francorchamps with the main talking point over that racing incident between Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg. The fault lies in the championship leader as he mis-judged the move on his team-mate.

It’s going to be fascinating what Mercedes will do to prevent this incident occurring again. Team orders could come into play but the drivers are still fighting for the title.

Belgian Grand Prix race results, after 44 laps:

1. Daniel Ricciardo      Red Bull-Renault        1h24m36.556s
2. Nico Rosberg          Mercedes                +3.383s
3. Valtteri Bottas       Williams-Mercedes       +28.032s
4. Kimi Raikkonen        Ferrari                 +36.815s
5. Sebastian Vettel      Red Bull-Renault        +52.196s
6. Jenson Button         McLaren-Mercedes        +54.580s
7. Fernando Alonso       Ferrari                 +1m01.162s
8. Sergio Perez          Force India-Mercedes    +1m04.293s
9. Daniil Kvyat          Toro Rosso-Renault      +1m05.347s
10. Nico Hulkenberg       Force India-Mercedes    +1m05.697s
11. Jean-Eric Vergne      Toro Rosso-Renault      +1m11.920s
12. Kevin Magnussen       McLaren-Mercedes        +1m14.262s*
13. Felipe Massa          Williams-Mercedes       +1m15.975s
14. Adrian Sutil          Sauber-Ferrari          +1m22.447s
15. Esteban Gutierrez     Sauber-Ferrari          +1m30.825s
16. Max Chilton           Marussia-Ferrari        -1 lap
17. Marcus Ericsson       Caterham-Renault        -1 lap
18. Jules Bianchi         Marussia-Ferrari        -5 laps

*Twenty-second penalty for forcing a driver off track

Retirements:

Lewis Hamilton        Mercedes                 38 laps
Romain Grosjean       Lotus-Renault            332 lap
Pastor Maldonado      Lotus-Renault            1 lap
Andre Lotterer        Caterham-Renault         1 lap

Drivers’ championship:

1. Nico Rosberg         220
2. Lewis Hamilton       191
3. Daniel Ricciardo     156
4. Fernando Alonso      121
5. Valtteri Bottas      110
6. Sebastian Vettel     98
7. Nico Hülkenberg      70
8. Jenson Button        68
9. Felipe Massa         40
10. Kimi Räikkönen       39
11. Kevin Magnussen      37
12. Sergio Pérez         33
13. Jean-Éric Vergne     11
14. Romain Grosjean      8
15. Daniil Kvyat         8
16. Jules Bianchi        2

Constructors’ champiuonship:

1. Mercedes               411
2. Red Bull-Renault       254
3. Ferrari                160
4. Williams-Mercedes      150
5. McLaren-Mercedes       105
6. Force India-Mercedes   103
7. Toro Rosso-Renault     19
8. Lotus-Renault          8
9. Marussia-Ferrari       2
10. Sauber-Ferrari         0
11. Caterham-Renault       0

Next race: Italian Grand Prix, Monza. September 5-7.

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Rosberg masters wet conditions to take Spa pole

Rosberg Spa 2014

Championship leader Nico Rosberg achieved his fourth consecutive Formula 1 pole position in qualifying for the Belgian Grand Prix.

Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton had to settle with second position after suffering braking problmes in Q3. Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel was the best of ‘division two’ in third, but was over two seconds adrift of the Silver Arrows.

Rain meant that the majority of qualifying was run using intermediate tyres and Rosberg’s first flying lap at the start of Q3, a time of two minute, 05.591 seconds, proved to be good enough for pole.

Although Rosberg did switch to a fresh set of intermediates and made a small improvement, he had already done enough to be secure the top spot. Nico ended up just over two tenths clear of his championship rival and Mercedes team-mate.

Hamilton set a slow time on his first flying lap, which was compromised by sliding wide at the La Source hairpin, leading him to ease off, but Lewis improved on his second attempt.

He then pitted for fresh intermediates and got down to a two minute, 05.819 seconds on his final Q3 lap, but this was only for second position.

Red Bull Racing’s Sebastian Vettel was third quickest, over two seconds slower than Rosberg, with Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso in fourth.

The champion duo had held third and fourth after the first runs, but improvements later on served only to defend their positions with the Mercedes drivers out of reach.

Hungarian Grand Prix winner Daniel Ricciardo, who had an off-track moment on his final attempt, was fifth fastest ahead of Valtteri Bottas in the Williams.

Kevin Magnussen outqualified McLaren team-mate Jenson Button, the duo ending up seventh and tenth.

In between the McLarens were Kimi Raikkonen and Felipe Massa, with The Iceman losing out big time following his first run which meant he was bumped down from fifth to eighth place.

The Scuderia Toro Rosso pairing of Daniil Kvyat and Jean-Eric Vergne were the fastest of those eliminated in Q2.

Kvyat put in a lap that provisionally put him eighth in the closing stages of the session, but he was shuffled down the order by improvements by Magnussen, Button and Vettel, all of which were in the drop zone at times late on.

Sergio Perez was P13 ahead of Sauber driver Adrian Sutil, with Romain Grosjean P15.

Although Jules Bianchi was slowest in the middle part of qualifying, the Marussia driver was one of the stars in the wet qualifying session at Spa, reaching Q2 for the second consecutive year.

Pastor Maldonado appeared to have made it through to Q2 by improving his time on his final flying lap in a Q1 session that started off wet but improved throughout.

But the Lotus driver was bumped back down to P17 when Sutil also improved in the dying moments, with all the runners by then using intermediate rubber.

This also led to Force India’s Nico Hulkenberg being eliminated as he slipped down to P18 ahead of Marussia’s Max Chilton having been ahead of both Maldonado and Sutil as they started their final laps.

Hulkenberg admitted post-qualifying that he made a mistake at the end of his final lap, which cost him a couple of tenths. In addition, the ‘Hulk’ complained of a lack of braking feel.

Esteban Gutierrez did not have the opportunity to do a proper qualifying run as his Sauber stopped on his fifth lap while he was still on wet tyres.

This meant that the Mexican did not get to run in the best of the conditions, ending up ahead of the Caterhams.

Remarkably, Andre Lotterer outpaced his Caterham team-mate Marcus Ericsson to avoid starting his debut Grand Prix last, with the gap between the two almost one second.

Qualifying times from Spa-Francorchamps:

1. Nico Rosberg          Mercedes              2m05.591s
2. Lewis Hamilton        Mercedes              2m05.819s
3. Sebastian Vettel      Red Bull-Renault      2m07.717s
4. Fernando Alonso       Ferrari               2m07.786s
5. Daniel Ricciardo      Red Bull-Renault      2m07.911s
6. Valtteri Bottas       Williams-Mercedes     2m08.049s
7. Kevin Magnussen       McLaren-Mercedes      2m08.679s
8. Kimi Raikkonen        Ferrari               2m08.780s
9. Felipe Massa          Williams-Mercedes     2m09.178s
10. Jenson Button         McLaren-Mercedes      2m09.776s
11. Daniil Kvyat          Toro Rosso-Renault    2m09.377s
12. Jean-Eric Vergne      Toro Rosso-Renault    2m09.805s
13. Sergio Perez          Force India-Mercedes  2m10.084s
14. Adrian Sutil          Sauber-Ferrari        2m10.238s
15. Romain Grosjean       Lotus-Renault         2m11.087s
16. Jules Bianchi         Marussia-Ferrari      2m12.470s
17. Pastor Maldonado      Lotus-Renault         2m11.261s
18. Nico Hulkenberg       Force India-Mercedes  2m11.267s
19. Max Chilton           Marussia-Ferrari      2m12.566s
20. Esteban Gutierrez     Sauber-Ferrari        2m13.414s
21. Andre Lotterer        Caterham-Renault      2m13.469s
22. Marcus Ericsson       Caterham-Renault      2m14.438s

107 per cent time: 2m16.029s

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Codemasters announce F1 2014 and F1 2015 video game

F1 2014 video game

Video games developer Codemasters have announced details on their upcoming Formula 1 games based on the 2014 and 2015 world championship.

The latest title will feature this year’s rules and regulations, in particular the new power units. F1 2014 will be released on October 17th on the seventh generation video game platforms.

As for the eighth generation, namely the Xbox One and PlayStation 4, Codemasters will take the unusual route of releasing F1 2015 before the actual new season starts thanks to live digital updates.

In the meantime, gamers will make do with F1 2014 on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC format, which will include all the updated teams, drivers and circuits.

Details on F1 2014 can be seen from the Codemasters blog:

Coming October 17th is F1 2014 on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC. Drawing upon all our experience in developing Formula 1 titles down the years, F1 2014 recreates this year’s incredible season featuring all the seismic changes to the sport, including new turbocharged cars, new circuits plus all the driver moves.

The game also includes refined handling on a pad and a new driver evaluation system that tunes game settings to your skill level to increase accessibility – we want all of our players to race competitively, more quickly. Of course, all the veterans of the series will be able to experience the true challenge of racing this year’s stunning generation of cars, featuring more explosive power delivery but less downforce, by customising your options and turning off all the assists.

Scenario mode has been expanded, we’ve refined career mode options and there’s more info to come, but for now we’ll let Stephen Hood, our creative director on F1, introduce you to some of the headline changes in the sport and the game.

There’s been a dramatic shift in the sport; the largest shake up in the rules and regulations for a very long time and the new power units provide a very different kind of challenge, for both driver and team. By delivering all of these changes, F1 2014 will make for an exciting and refreshingly different experience.

Additionally, with the new driver evaluation system analysing each player’s skill level and suggesting appropriate game settings, plus re-graded difficulty levels including a brand new Very Easy setting, we aim to deliver a thoroughly rewarding F1 experience for players of all abilities, from the novice to the seasoned pro.

All sounds very promising and after watching the teaser trailer, I certainly cannot wait to give these new turbo-powered racing cars a spin.

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Ricciardo takes his second victory in thrilling Hungarian Grand Prix

Ricciardo Hungary 2014

Daniel Ricciardo achieved his second Formula 1 victory after making two bold overtaking moves on Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso in the final three laps of the Hungarian Grand Prix.

Alonso looked set to end a long victory drought for Ferrari, but in the end, the double world champion found the 32-lap final stint on a set of soft Pirelli tyres just too much and thus had to settle for second position.

Hamilton reduced the points gap to championship rival Nico Rosberg by taking an podium finish after a pitlane start, just fending off his Mercedes team-mate over the final lap as he battled to the finish on a well-worn set of medium tyres.

Hamilton also survived a brush with the barrier after spinning at Turn 2 on the first lap, not forgetting the latest intra-team controversy by holding up team-mate Rosberg during his final stint despite radio requests to let him through.

Rosberg dropped to seventh after his third and final stop with 14 laps to the flag, but charged back to fourth to minimise the damage inflicted by two-stopper Hamilton to his championship lead to just three points.

Pole sitter Rosberg had dominated the wet early stages, leading Valtteri Bottas, Sebastian Vettel and the fast-starting Fernando Alonso.

But this quartet had to wait an extra lap before pitting for dry tyres when Marcus Ericsson crashed heavily exiting Turn 3 on lap nine, bringing out the Safety Car.

This dropped them into the pack behind Ricciardo’s Red Bull and the McLarens of Jenson Button and Kevin Magnussen, and not far ahead of Hamilton, who had made rapid progress through the midfield.

McLaren gambled on more rain, so fitted Button with a new set of intermediate tyres and left Magnussen out on his original set. This gambled didn’t work out and the McLarens were forced to pit for dry tyres in racing conditions.

A huge crash for Sergio Perez – who had earlier collided with his Force India team-mate Nico Hulkenberg – exiting the final corner on lap 23 brought the safety car back out, and Ricciardo and the Williams pair of Bottas and Felipe Massa dived for the pits.

This left Alonso in the lead, but the Spaniard’s gamble on a two-stop strategy didn’t work out as Ricciardo charged back to the head of the field over the final few laps.

Massa ran as high as second, but switched to a three-stop strategy and made it home fifth, ahead of Kimi Raikkonen, who scored his best result since returning to Ferrari this season by rising from P16 on the grid to sixth.

Vettel ran in the top order early on, but spoiled his race with an 360-degree spin after catching the wet kerb exiting the final corner on lap 32.

The reigning world champion narrowly avoided hit the pit wall and in the end, brought his Red Bull home in seventh position, ahead of Bottas – who lost out badly in the pits – and the Toro Rosso of Jean-Eric Vergne, who also ran at the front early on.

Button recovered from McLaren’s early strategic mistake to claim the final point for tenth.

So an exciting first half of Formula 1 2014. Three different winners achieved by just two teams. The racing resumes in a month’s time at the spectacular Spa-Francorchamps circuit.

Can Nico Rosberg maintain his lead for the championship or will Lewis Hamilton come back and snatch it? We will find out after the summer break.

Hungarian Grand Prix, race results after 70 laps:

1.  Daniel Ricciardo   Red Bull-Renault         1h53m05.058s
2.  Fernando Alonso    Ferrari                       +5.225s
3.  Lewis Hamilton     Mercedes                      +5.857s
4.  Nico Rosberg       Mercedes                      +6.361s
5.  Felipe Massa       Williams-Mercedes            +29.841s
6.  Kimi Raikkonen     Ferrari                      +31.491s
7.  Sebastian Vettel   Red Bull-Renault             +40.964s
8.  Valtteri Bottas    Williams-Mercedes            +41.344s
9.  Jean-Eric Vergne   Toro Rosso-Renault           +58.527s
10.  Jenson Button      McLaren-Mercedes           +1m07.280s
11.  Adrian Sutil       Sauber-Ferrari             +1m08.169s
12.  Kevin Magnussen    McLaren-Mercedes           +1m18.465s
13.  Pastor Maldonado   Lotus-Renault              +1m24.024s
14.  Daniil Kvyat       Toro Rosso-Renault             -1 lap
15.  Jules Bianchi      Marussia-Ferrari               -1 lap
16.  Max Chilton        Marussia-Ferrari               -1 lap

Retirements:

Esteban Gutierrez  Sauber-Ferrari                33 laps
Kamui Kobayashi    Caterham-Renault              25 laps
Sergio Perez       Force India-Mercedes          23 laps
Nico Hulkenberg    Force India-Mercedes          15 laps
Romain Grosjean    Lotus-Renault                 11 laps
Marcus Ericsson    Caterham-Renault               8 laps

Drivers’ championship:

1.  Nico Rosberg       202
2.  Lewis Hamilton     191
3.  Daniel Ricciardo   131
4.  Fernando Alonso    115
5.  Valtteri Bottas    95
6.  Sebastian Vettel   88
7.  Nico Hulkenberg    69
8.  Jenson Button      60
9.  Felipe Massa       40
10.  Kevin Magnussen    37
11.  Sergio Perez       29
12.  Kimi Raikkonen     27
13.  Jean-Eric Vergne   11
14.  Romain Grosjean    8
15.  Daniil Kvyat       6
16.  Jules Bianchi      2
17.  Adrian Sutil       0
18.  Marcus Ericsson    0
19.  Pastor Maldonado   0
20.  Esteban Gutierrez  0
21.  Max Chilton        0
22.  Kamui Kobayashi    0

Constructors’ championship:

1.  Mercedes              393
2.  Red Bull-Renault      219
3.  Ferrari               142
4.  Williams-Mercedes     135
5.  Force India-Mercedes  98
6.  McLaren-Mercedes      97
7.  Toro Rosso-Renault    17
8.  Lotus-Renault         8
9.  Marussia-Ferrari      2
10.  Sauber-Ferrari        0
11.  Caterham-Renault      0

Next race: Belgium Grand Prix, Spa-Francorchamps. August 22-24.

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Rosberg on pole as Hamilton’s title challenge goes up in smoke

Hungarian GP 2014 qualifying

Nico Rosberg recorded his third successive pole position at the Hungaroring after his Mercedes team-mate caught fire with a suspected fuel leak.

Lewis Hamilton was the favourite for pole position after setting the quickest time in all three practice sessions, but he was eliminated just five minutes into Q1 when he stopped in the pit entry with the rear of his Mercedes ablaze.

It was a terrible sight for the 2008 world champion as he faces another fight from the back of the grid. Unlike Hockenheim, this twisty and dusty circuit is going to more challenging for Hamilton to charge through…

Even without the presence of his main title rival, Rosberg faced a tricky moment in Q3 when rain started to fall.

The championship leader was the first on to the track on slick tyres with conditions worsening, but with the first corner particularly wet he slid off into the runoff area on his first flier, ruining his lap.

But Kevin Magnussen, who was directly behind, also outbraked himself, hitting the tyre barrier on the outside of the corner and bringing out the red flag.

When qualifying resumed after an eight-minute delay, the rain had eased and while the track was slippery, everyone opted to continue on slicks.

With the track drying up, Rosberg set the initial pace until the Williams of Valtteri Bottas went even quicker to grab provisional pole.

But unlike Rosberg, who stayed out and used only one set of softs in Q3, Sebastian Vettel pitted for a new set of Pirellis and took top spot from the Mercedes driver on his final lap.

Moments later Rosberg improved, taking that all-important pole position by almost half-a-second with a time of one minute, 22.715 seconds.

Vettel held onto second position ahead of Bottas, the latter also opting to pit for new tyres, with Daniel Ricciardo was fourth fastest.

Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa were fifth and sixth, both also having two runs in the restarted Q3 segment, with Jenson Button eighth ahead of Jean-Eric Vergne.

Force India driver Nico Hulkenberg was the slowest of those to set a time in Q3 in ninth, with Kevin Magnussen classified tenth having not set a time before his Turn 1 crash.

Daniil Kvyat was in contention for a top ten slot, but he locked the rears at Turn 12 on his final lap in Q2 and spun, ending up P11.

Sauber’s Adrian Sutil was P12 ahead of Sergio Perez, who suffered a hydraulic leak during Q2 and could only attempt one run.

Esteban Gutierrez took P14 ahead of Romain Grosjean, with Jules Bianchi ending up P16 following his excellent performance to make the second stage of qualifying.

Kimi Raikkonen made a shock exit from Q1, ending the session P17 fastest. Not an ideal result for Ferrari or the 2007 world champion.

With Hamilton and Pastor Maldonado, whose Lotus had stopped early in Q1, not running, most teams opted not to send their cars out for a second run on the basis that they only needed to finish ahead of the Caterhams and the Marussias to make the next phase.

But Raikkonen was the slowest of those who did not attempt a run on soft rubber and when Bianchi put in his final lap, the Finn was relegated to the dropzone while sat in the garage.

Caterham driver Kamui Kobayashi was P18 ahead of Max Chilton, who suffered a fuel pressure problem on his final run, with Marcus Ericsson slowest of those who set a lap.

Hamilton will start from P21 on the grid and ahead of Maldonado thanks to starting a flying lap. But overtaking around the Hungaroring is going to be a challenge.

Qualifying positions, Hungarian Grand Prix:

1.  Nico Rosberg       Mercedes              1m22.715s
2.  Sebastian Vettel   Red Bull-Renault      1m23.201s
3.  Valtteri Bottas    Williams-Mercedes     1m23.354s
4.  Daniel Ricciardo   Red Bull-Renault      1m23.391s
5.  Fernando Alonso    Ferrari               1m23.909s
6.  Felipe Massa       Williams-Mercedes     1m24.223s
7.  Jenson Button      McLaren-Mercedes      1m24.294s
8.  Jean-Eric Vergne   Toro Rosso-Renault    1m24.720s
9.  Nico Hulkenberg    Force India-Mercedes  1m24.775s
10.  Kevin Magnussen    McLaren-Mercedes     No time
11.  Daniil Kvyat       Toro Rosso-Renault    1m24.706s
12.  Adrian Sutil       Sauber-Ferrari        1m25.136s
13.  Sergio Perez       Force India-Mercedes  1m25.211s
14.  Esteban Gutierrez  Sauber-Ferrari        1m25.260s
15.  Romain Grosjean    Lotus-Renault         1m25.337s
16.  Jules Bianchi      Marussia-Ferrari      1m27.419s
17.  Kimi Raikkonen     Ferrari               1m26.792s
18.  Kamui Kobayashi    Caterham-Renault      1m27.139s
19.  Max Chilton        Marussia-Ferrari      1m27.819s
20.  Marcus Ericsson    Caterham-Renault      1m28.643s
21.  Lewis Hamilton     Mercedes              No time
22.  Pastor Maldonado   Lotus-Renault         No time

107 per cent time: 1m30.886s

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Rosberg wins at home while Hamilton battles to third

Rosberg German GP 2014

Nico Rosberg drove a perfect lights to flag win at the German Grand Prix in the Silver Arrows.

The championship leader extends his points lead with a home victory at Hockenheim, scoring his fourth win of the season in a thrilling race full of action and overtaking.

Valtteri Bottas continued to impressed with a second place finish, achieving the Williams team’s 300th podium.

Bottas was able to resist the pressure from Lewis Hamilton, who was charging from P20 following a qualifying crash.

Hamilton’s journey to the podium was risky, as the 2008 world champion survived repeated contact at the Turn 4 hairpin as he raced his way through the pack.

Hamilton got away with hitting Adrian Sutil’s Sauber and Kimi Raikkonen’s Ferrari, but damaged his front wing after a late dive up the inside on Jenson Button’s McLaren.

This compromised his second stint on Pirelli’s soft tyre and the Mercedes had to switch Hamilton’s strategy onto a three-stop.

The Mercedes driver made up the time lost in the pits but took too much out of his final set of tyres and fell short of claiming second position from Bottas by just 1.7 seconds.

Bottas executed a two-stop strategy to claim his third consecutive podium finish for Williams after starting second.

The same cannot be said to team-mate Felipe Massa, who only made it to the first corner before contact with Kevin Magnussen’s fast-starting McLaren tipped the Williams into a race-ending roll, and meant the first lap finished behind the safety car.

Magnussen, who started fourth and was trying to pass Massa for third when they came together, fell to the back of the field, while the incident also delayed Daniel Ricciardo’s Red Bull, which had to take avoiding action across the Turn 1 run-off.

This incident promoted defending world champion Sebastian Vettel to third and the Red Bull racer converted that into a fourth placed finish after another duel with Fernando Alonso’s Ferrari.

Alonso was another driver who tried to make a two-stop strategy work, but the Spaniard could not manage it and a late third stop dropped him out of the top six.

He passed Jenson Button’s McLaren for sixth with relative ease, but found the recovering Red Bull of Ricciardo a real challenge.

The Australian defended hard, but Alonso – running on the faster super-soft tyre – eventually found his way by just four laps from the finish.

Ricciardo came back at the Ferrari on the final lap, though, and fell just eight hundredths of a second shy of stealing fifth position back on the run to the finish line.

Button lost seventh to Nico Hulkenberg’s Force India after being forced to make a very late third tyre stop, while McLaren team-mate Magnussen salvaged ninth after his first-lap incident.

Sergio Perez scored the final championship point for tenth place, ahead of Kimi Raikkonen, who twice survived contact while being passed into the Turn 4 hairpin – once with Hamilton and also with Vettel.

So an action-packed German Grand Prix with a win for a German driver and team.

It has been an incredible week for Nico Rosberg. Got married, watched Germany win the World Cup, signs a new Formula 1 contract, pole position and now race victory. Let see if he achieve that championship title as the season moves into the second half.

German Grand Prix, race results after 67 laps:

1. Nico Rosberg          Mercedes               1h33m42.914s
2. Valtteri Bottas       Williams-Mercedes      +20.789s
3. Lewis Hamilton        Mercedes               +22.530s
4. Sebastian Vettel      Red Bull-Renault       +44.014s
5. Fernando Alonso       Ferrari                +52.467s
6. Daniel Ricciardo      Red Bull-Renault       +52.549s
7. Nico Hulkenberg       Force India-Mercedes   +1m04.178s
8. Jenson Button         McLaren-Mercedes       +1m24.711s
9. Kevin Magnussen       McLaren-Mercedes       -1 lap
10. Sergio Perez          Force India-Mercedes   -1 lap
11. Kimi Raikkonen        Ferrari                -1 lap
12. Pastor Maldonado      Lotus-Renault          -1 lap
13. Jean-Eric Vergne      Toro Rosso-Renault     -1 lap
14. Esteban Gutierrez     Sauber-Ferrari         -1 lap
15. Jules Bianchi         Marussia-Ferrari       -1 lap
16. Kamui Kobayashi       Caterham-Renault       -2 laps
17. Max Chilton           Marussia-Ferrari       -2 laps
18. Marcus Ericsson       Caterham-Renault       -2 laps

Retirements

Felipe Massa          Williams-Mercedes      47 laps
Daniil Kvyat          Toro Rosso-Renault     44 laps
Romain Grosjean       Lotus-Renault          26 laps
Adrian Sutil          Sauber-Ferrari         0 laps

Drivers’ championship

1. Nico Rosberg        190
2. Lewis Hamilton      176
3. Daniel Ricciardo    106
4. Fernando Alonso     97
5. Valtteri Bottas     91
6. Sebastian Vettel    82
7. Nico Hülkenberg     69
8. Jenson Button       59
9. Kevin Magnussen     37
10. Felipe Massa        30
11. Sergio Pérez        29
12. Kimi Räikkönen      19
13. Jean-Éric Vergne    9
14. Romain Grosjean     8
15. Daniil Kvyat        6
16. Jules Bianchi       2

Constructors’ championship

1. Mercedes              366
2. Red Bull-Renault      188
3. Williams-Mercedes     121
4. Ferrari               116
5. Force India-Mercedes  98
6. McLaren-Mercedes      96
7. Toro Rosso-Renault    15
8. Lotus-Renault         8
9. Marussia-Ferrari      2
10. Sauber-Ferrari        0
11. Caterham-Renault      0

Next race: Hungarian Grand Prix, Hungaroring. July 25-27.

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Advantage Rosberg as Hamilton suffers brake failure

Rosberg Germany 2014

Championship leader Nico Rosberg claimed his ninth career pole position at Hockenheim while his Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton suffered a right-front brake failure, resulting in an early exit in qualifying.

With Hamilton out, Rosberg’s main threat for pole position honours came from Valtteri Bottas in the Williams.

After setting the pace on the first runs in Q3, Rosberg was unable to improve his time on his second run thanks to a slow first sector.

Despite Bottas going quickest in the middle sector, the Williams driver ended up 0.219 seconds slower.

As for Hamilton, the crash happened during Q1 when he locked up and went off at the Sachskurve after suffering what Mercedes confirmed was a right-front brake disc failure, forcing the session to be red-flagged.

The British Grand Prix winner was transferred to the medical centre complaining of pain in his knees, with the team subsequently reporting that he was “Okay, but sore after the crash”.

Although he had already set a lap time to make into Q2, Hamilton was unable to take any further part in the session so was classified P16.

Felipe Massa was third quickest for Williams, three tenths slower than team-mate Bottas, with Kevin Magnussen a superb fourth for McLaren.

Daniel Ricciardo again outqualified Sebastian Vettel, putting in a strong lap on his one remaining set of super-soft Pirellis in Q3 to beat his four-time world champion by three tenths.

Fernando Alonso was seventh, ahead of another star rookie, Daniil Kvyat, with Force India pairing Nico Hulkenberg and Sergio Perez ninth and tenth.

Jenson Button failed to make Q3 after being relegated to P11 by Perez in the final seconds of Q2.

The 2009 world champion will join his fellow title winner Kimi Raikkonen, who was four tenths off Ferrari team-mate Alonso.

Jean-Eric Vergne was P13 after a late effort in Q2, which included a wild oversteer moment at the exit of the final corner, ahead of Sauber’s Esteban Gutierrez and the Lotus of Romain Grosjean.

But Gutierrez must serve a three-place grid penalty for his clash with Pastor Maldonado at Silverstone, meaning he will start in P18, meaning Hamilton’s P16 will put him one position higher on the German Grand Prix grid.

Adrian Sutil was the fastest of the six who failed to reach Q2 after being bumped down to P17 by Grosjean late in the first segment of qualifying, with his run on super-soft Pirelli interrupted by the red flag thrown for Hamilton’s accident.

Jules Bianchi was the faster of the Marussias, around half-a-second slower than the Sauber, with Pastor Maldonado P19 for Lotus.

Kamui Kobayashi pipped Max Chilton to P20, but his Caterham team-mate Marcus Ericsson was unable to take part at all thanks to a hydraulic leak.

So a great week for Nico Rosberg. Got married, witness Germany winning the World Cup, signing a new Formula 1 contract with Mercedes and now pole position at Hockenheim.

As for Lewis Hamilton, he will be charging through the field on race day to make up lost ground on his team-mate and title rival.

Qualifying positions, Hockenheim:

1. Nico Rosberg          Mercedes             1m16.540s
2. Valtteri Bottas       Williams-Mercedes    1m16.759s
3. Felipe Massa          Williams-Mercedes    1m17.078s
4. Kevin Magnussen       McLaren-Mercedes     1m17.214s
5. Daniel Ricciardo      Red Bull-Renault     1m17.273s
6. Sebastian Vettel      Red Bull-Renault     1m17.577s
7. Fernando Alonso       Ferrari              1m17.649s
8. Daniil Kvyat          Toro Rosso-Renault   1m17.965s
9. Nico Hulkenberg       Force India-Mercedes 1m18.014s
10. Sergio Perez          Force India-Mercedes 1m18.035s
11. Jenson Button         McLaren-Mercedes     1m18.193s
12. Kimi Raikkonen        Ferrari              1m18.273s
13. Jean-Eric Vergne      Toro Rosso-Renault   1m18.285s
14. Romain Grosjean       Lotus-Renault        1m18.983s
15. Lewis Hamilton        Mercedes             no time
16. Adrian Sutil          Sauber-Ferrari       1m19.142s
17. Esteban Gutierrez     Sauber-Ferrari       1m18.787s*
18. Jules Bianchi         Marussia-Ferrari     1m19.676s
19. Pastor Maldonado      Lotus-Renault        1m20.195s
20. Kamui Kobayashi       Caterham-Renault     1m20.408s
21. Max Chilton           Marussia-Ferrari     1m20.489s
22. Marcus Ericsson       Caterham-Renault     no time**

107% time: 1m23.065s

*Three-place penalty for causing a collision
**Did not set a time within 107% of the fastest in Q1, requires a dispensation to start the race

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Hamilton wins at Silverstone thanks to Rosberg’s retirement

Hamilton British GP 2014

Lewis Hamilton scored a popular win in front of the fanatical home fans at the British Grand Prix.

By winning at Silverstone, Hamilton is now within four points of his Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg.

Rosberg led for half the race until a gearbox problem forced him to retire his Mercedes from a race for the first time this season.

Hamilton capitalised on this opportunity to snatch victory in his home race, making up for mistakenly aborting his final flying lap in qualifying and thereby reducing the points gap to his Silver Arrows rival with this result.

It was looking good for Rosberg, who converted pole position into the lead as fellow front-row starter Sebastian Vettel made a slow getaway and slipped down to fourth, behind the quick-starting McLarens of Jenson Button and Kevin Magnussen.

Hamilton also made a decent start from sixth on the grid, jumping Nico Hulkenberg’s Force India and go around the outside of Vettel through Village corner to snatch fourth, briefly banging wheels with the reigning world champion on his way past.

But then the British Grand Prix was forced to a halt when Kimi Raikkonen crashed his Ferrari heavily on the Wellington Straight.

The Iceman lost control of his F14 T over a bump as he rejoined the track after running wide at Aintree, striking the barrier on the right-hand side and spinning back across the track.

Kamui Kobayashi was lucky not to hit the spinning Ferrari as the Caterham driver took avoiding action.

Felipe Massa’s Williams was also damaged heavily when it clipped the Ferrari as Massa tried to avoid hitting head on.

Raikkonen reported ankle pain as he climbed from his car, while Massa retired his Williams back to the pits with suspension damage.

The British Grand Prix resumed behind the Safety Car after an hour delay to repair the damaged barrier, and Rosberg sprinted away at the restart as Hamilton worked to get past the McLarens.

The 2008 world champion made short work of the task, helped by Magnussen running wide at Copse on lap three. Hamilton soon got by Button into Brooklands on the next lap, to the cheers from the home crowd.

By then Rosberg had opened out a four-second lead and he looked comfortable until the closing stages of the first stint, when Hamilton began to attack.

Hamilton was attempting to beat his team-mate with an alternative strategy, running longer than Rosberg on the medium tyre and switching to the hard compound for his second stint.

But that strategy became a non-issue when a gearbox problem forced Rosberg out shortly after his first pitstop.

This was Nico Rosberg’s first non-finish of the season. Despite this set back, he still leads the world championship.

Hamilton was thus left clear to cruise to a comfortable 28.9-second victory over the Williams of Valtteri Bottas, who charged superbly from P14 on the grid to finish second.

The determination from Bottas was outstanding and to record a podium finish is a wonderful achievement for himself and the team.

Daniel Ricciardo – who started eighth in his Red Bull – and Button successfully executed one-stop strategies to finish third and fourth.

And yet the main entertainment was between Sebastian Vettel and Fernando Alonso – with the latter receiving a five-second stop-go penalty for starting out of position – for fifth.

Both champions complained of the other exceeding track limits and driving unfairly, but Vettel – on fresher tyres after two-stopping to Alonso’s one – eventually prevailed by diving up the inside of his rival on the exit of Luffield and completing the pass at Copse in the closing stages.

Magnussen was out played by both Alonso and Vettel in on-track battles, and trailed the champions down in seventh place in his one-stopping McLaren.

Hulkenberg took home four points for eighth place in a Force India that looked short on grip throughout the race, while Toro Rosso made up for its recent run of chronic unreliability by rounding out the points scorers in ninth and tenth.

Daniil Kvyat fell just 0.6 seconds short of beating Hulkenberg, but headed home team-mate Jean-Eric Vergne, who was delayed by tagging P11 Force India of Sergio Perez on the first run through Abbey after the start.

So an entertaining and exciting British Grand Prix which resulted in a popular win for the Lewis Hamilton. The Mercedes driver achieved his 27th Grand Prix win and his second at the Silverstone, six years to the day he won for McLaren.

It’s going to be fascinating to see if Nico Rosberg can strike back at his home race at Hockenheim in a fortnight’s time but this result for Hamilton was crucial. It’s game on for the championship.

British Grand Prix, race results after 52 laps:

1. Lewis Hamilton        Mercedes                 2h26m52.094s
2. Valtteri Bottas       Williams-Mercedes        +30.135s
3. Daniel Ricciardo      Red Bull-Renault         +46.495s
4. Jenson Button         McLaren-Mercedes         +47.390s
5. Sebastian Vettel      Red Bull-Renault         +53.864s
6. Fernando Alonso       Ferrari                  +59.946s
7. Kevin Magnussen       McLaren-Mercedes         +1m02.563s
8. Nico Hulkenberg       Force India-Mercedes     +1m28.692s
9. Daniil Kvyat          Toro Rosso-Renault       +1m29.340s
10. Jean-Eric Vergne      Toro Rosso-Renault       -1 lap
11. Sergio Perez          Force India-Mercedes     -1 lap
12. Romain Grosjean       Lotus-Renault            -1 lap
13. Adrian Sutil          Sauber-Ferrari           -1 lap
14. Jules Bianchi         Marussia-Ferrari         -1 lap
15. Kamui Kobayashi       Caterham-Renault         -2 laps
16. Max Chilton           Marussia-Ferrari         -2 laps
17. Pastor Maldonado      Lotus-Renault            -3 laps

Retirements:

Nico Rosberg          Mercedes                 28 laps
Marcus Ericsson       Caterham-Renault         11 laps
Esteban Gutierrez     Sauber-Ferrari            9 laps
Felipe Massa          Williams-Mercedes         1  laps
Kimi Raikkonen        Ferrari                   0  laps

Drivers’ championship:

1. Nico Rosberg      165
2. Lewis Hamilton    161
3. Daniel Ricciardo  98
4. Fernando Alonso   87
5. Valtteri Bottas   73
6. Sebastian Vettel  70
7. Nico Hulkenberg   63
8. Jenson Button     55
9. Kevin Magnussen   35
10. Felipe Massa      30
11. Sergio Perez      28
12. Kimi Raikkonen    19
13. Jean-Eric Vergne  9
14. Romain Grosjean   8
15. Daniil Kvyat      6
16. Jules Bianchi     2

Constructors’ championship:

1. Mercedes             326
2. Red Bull-Renault     168
3. Ferrari              106
4. Williams-Mercedes    103
5. Force India-Mercedes 91
6. McLaren-Mercedes     90
7. Toro Rosso-Renault   15
8. Lotus-Renault        8
9. Marussia-Ferrari     2
10. Sauber-Ferrari       0
11. Caterham-Renault     0

Next race: German Grand Prix, Hockenheim. July 18-20.

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Advantage Rosberg as team-mate Hamilton is sixth at Silverstone

Silverstone qualifying 2014

Championship leader Nico Rosberg scored his eighth career pole position with a crucial lap to deny his Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton in front of his home crowd at Silverstone.

The fans’ favourite will start the British Grand Prix in sixth position despite taking provisional pole on the first flying lap in Q3.

With rain coming and going throughout the qualifying hour, the first runs in Q3 were all affected to varying degrees by rain in the final sector, with Hamilton initially going fastest on slicks.

But conditions had dramatically improved by the final seconds of qualifying as drivers attempted their second runs and with Hamilton abandoning his lap after complaining that it was too slippery, he tumbled down the order late on as others improved.

Rosberg’s pole lap was 1.6 seconds quicker than second-placed Sebastian Vettel, who had not set a time on his first run after abandoning his lap because of the rain.

The four-time world champion produced the goods in the final moments of Q3 to take second position.

As for Jenson Button, the McLaren star took third fastest thanks to his late lap ahead of the Force India of Nico Hulkenberg. The Force India briefly taking top spot after being the first to improve on the second qualifying runs.

Kevin Magnussen, the last of the five drivers who did improve on their second runs, was fifth fastest ahead of Hamilton.

Sergio Perez, Daniel Ricciardo, Daniil Kvyat and Jean-Eric Vergne had held positions third-to-seventh until moments before the end of Q3 thanks to their first run times, but dropped down the order as the other drivers completed their final laps.

Romain Grosjean was the fastest of those to drop out in Q2, ending up in P11.

And yet the biggest surprise in the middle segment of qualifying, which started in intermediate conditions before everyone switched to slicks, was Marussia.

Having both escaped Q1 after good performances in mixed conditions, Jules Bianchi and Max Chilton produced the best qualifying performance for the team since it came into Formula 1 in 2010, finishing in P12 and P13 respectively.

Unfortunately for Chilton, he will drop five places on the starting grid following a gearbox change.

Esteban Gutierrez was P14 after losing his Sauber on the exit kerb at Brooklands corner and being spat onto the grass at the entry to Luffield and backing into the wall.

Behind him was Pastor Maldonado, who was forced to stop late in the session after suffering an engine problem.

Adrian Sutil was P16, making Q2 but being unable to participate as he had spun into the gravel.

Ferrari and Williams suffered Q1 disasters, with Valtteri Bottas, Felipe Massa, Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen all being knocked out.

Q1 had started in intermediate conditions, but all four drivers were unable to put together good enough laps having switched to medium-compound Pirellis.

Bottas and Massa, who were among the latest drivers to take slick rubber, ended up P17 and P18 thanks to a combination of yellow flags and light rain returning late on.

Alonso was only P19 after losing the rear of his Ferrari on turn-in to Brooklands and having to take to the runoff area on what should have been his best lap.

His Scuderia team-mate Kimi Raikkonen was P20, ahead only of the Caterhams of Marcus Ericsson and Kamui Kobayashi.

Neither Caterham driver set a time on the slicks, with Kobayashi suffering a car issue after a single lap on the medium compound while Ericsson suffering a couple of offs during the session.

So advantage point for Nico Rosberg. Pole position in front of his team-mate’s home crowd. Can Rosberg extend his lead in the championship with victory?

And what about Lewis Hamilton? Can he recover that disappointing drop to sixth to race through and challenge for the win? Sunday’s British Grand Prix is going to be thrilling.

Qualifying positions, Silverstone:

1. Nico Rosberg          Mercedes              1m35.766s
2. Sebastian Vettel      Red Bull-Renault      1m37.386s
3. Jenson Button         McLaren-Mercedes      1m38.200s
4. Nico Hulkenberg       Force India-Mercedes  1m38.329s
5. Kevin Magnussen       McLaren-Mercedes      1m38.417s
6. Lewis Hamilton        Mercedes              1m39.232s
7. Sergio Perez          Force India-Mercedes  1m40.457s
8. Daniel Ricciardo      Red Bull-Renault      1m40.608s
9. Daniil Kvyat          Toro Rosso-Renault    1m40.707s
10. Jean-Eric Vergne      Toro Rosso-Renault   1m40.855s
11. Romain Grosjean       Lotus-Renault        1m38.496s
12. Jules Bianchi         Marussia-Ferrari     1m38.700s
13. Pastor Maldonado      Lotus-Renault        1m44.018s
14. Adrian Sutil          Sauber-Ferrari       no time
15. Valtteri Bottas       Williams-Mercedes    1m45.318s
16. Felipe Massa          Williams-Mercedes    1m45.695s
17. Fernando Alonso       Ferrari              1m45.935s
18. Max Chilton           Marussia-Ferrari     1m39.800s*
19. Kimi Raikkonen        Ferrari              1m46.684s
20. Marcus Ericsson       Caterham-Renault     1m49.421s
21. Kamui Kobayashi       Caterham-Renault     1m49.625s
22. Esteban Gutierrez     Sauber-Ferrari       1m40.912s**

107 per cent time: 1m47.406s

*Five-place penalty for gearbox change
**Ten-place grid penalty for unsafe release from the pits

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Rosberg extends championship lead after win in Austria

Rosberg Austrian GP 2014

Nico Rosberg extended his championship lead after edging out his Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton to victory at the Red Bull Ring.

The Silver Arrows were able to benefit from Williams thanks to a superior pit-stop strategy despite the straightline speed for Felipe Massa and Valtteri Bottas.

Williams were able to score their best result of the season by finishing in third and fourth, with Bottas achieving his maiden podium.

Massa initially led the Austrian Grand Prix from the first Williams one-two on the grid since 2003, while his team-mate was passed by the fast-starting Mercedes of Rosberg.

But Bottas used Williams’ superior straightline advantage to retake second on the run up the hill to Turn 2.

A superb start on the opening lap from Lewis Hamilton made up for his disappointing showing in qualifying.

The Mercedes driver made up several places including a brave pass on Fernando Alonso’s Ferrari at Turn 8.

Rosberg pitted for the first time on lap 11 of 71, releasing Hamilton to attack the Williams pair.

Hamilton pitted two laps later, while Williams waited an extra tour before bringing in race leader Massa.

The Brazilian lost out during this first round of pit-stops. He was jumped by Rosberg and later passed by Hamilton at Turn 2 on his out-lap.

By contrast, a great in-lap from Bottas, who was last of the leading group to pit on lap 15, kept him ahead of Hamilton and allowed him to jump ahead over his Williams team-mate.

All four ran behind the Force India of Sergio Perez during the second phase of the race, owing to the Mexican running an alternative strategy from P15 on the grid.

Mercedes warned Hamilton about overheating brakes running closely behind the Williams, while Rosberg made a point of continually moving out of Perez’s slipstream on the straights to cool his own car down.

Perez led until lap 27, when Rosberg dived down the inside unchallenged at Turn 2. Bottas followed through up the inside on the exit as Perez ran wide.

Hamilton produced a copycat move at Turn 2 on the following lap to take third place and set fastest lap as he chased after Bottas and new race leader Rosberg.

The top three bunched up as Rosberg ran wide coming out of Turn 1 on lap 30, allowing Bottas to get into DRS range and dragging Hamilton with him, while Massa held a watching brief slightly further back in fourth.

Rosberg took a few laps to recover his rhythm, but managed to gain a two-second lead before Mercedes decided to pit its two drivers for the second time on consecutive tours on laps 39 and 40.

Hamilton came in first and rejoined fifth, just ahead of Kevin Magnussen’s McLaren, while Rosberg’s slightly faster stop ensured he stayed ahead of Hamilton.

Williams decided not to react immediately, pitting Bottas from the lead on lap 42, and the Finn rejoined behind both Mercedes.

Once Massa and the long-running Ferrari of Fernando Alonso came in for their final stops on lap 44 and 47 respectively, the race finally boiled down to a battle royale between the Silver Arrows.

Hamilton was told his brake temperatures were now under control, freeing him up to take the fight to his team-mate, but his front-left brake returned to a critical status before he could get close enough to attack.

He came back strongly again across the final few laps, but finished just under two seconds adrift after a mistake at Turn 3 on the final lap.

Alonso’s marathon second stint helped him finish just a few seconds shy of the Williams drivers in fifth, while Perez converted his alternative strategy into an excellent top six finish by passing Kevin Magnussen’s McLaren at Turn 2 in the closing stages.

Despite that that lost position, Magnussen was able to claim his best finish since the season-opening Australian Grand Prix by finishing seventh.

While Canadian Grand Prix winner Daniel Ricciardo, who passed Nico Hulkenberg’s Force India on the final lap despite not being allowed to use his ‘overtake’ button, took eighth.

This was a difficult day for the Red Bull owner Dietrich Mateschitz. First Ricciardo drop down from fifth on the grid on the opening lap, followed by world champion Sebastian Vettel momentarily lost drive on the second lap and then retired shortly after half distance to save engine mileage.

In fact, this was a horrible race for the four-time world champion. A lap down due to a loss of power in the Red Bull RB10. Vettel tried to regain lost ground but damaged his front wing while racing with Esteban Gutierrez. The team later on instructed him to stop the car.

Rounding out the top ten is Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen. This was The Iceman’s 200th Formula 1 race but there was no reasons to celebrate as his car lacked power.

At least he finished ahead of Jenson Button’s McLaren and the lapped Lotus of Pastor Maldonado.

So an interesting race in terms of strategy. Mercedes scored their sixth one-two this season and Nico Rosberg extends his lead in the championship over Lewis Hamilton by 29 points.

The British Grand Prix at Silverstone is next and it’s going to be another battle royale for top honours between the Silver Arrows.

Austrian Grand Prix, race results after 71 laps:

1. Nico Rosberg          Mercedes               1h27m54.967s
2. Lewis Hamilton        Mercedes               +1.932s
3. Valtteri Bottas       Williams-Mercedes      +8.172s
4. Felipe Massa          Williams-Mercedes      +17.358s
5. Fernando Alonso       Ferrari                +18.553s
6. Sergio Perez          Force India-Mercedes   +28.546s
7. Kevin Magnussen       McLaren-Mercedes       +32.031s
8. Daniel Ricciardo      Red Bull-Renault       +43.522s
9. Nico Hulkenberg       Force India-Mercedes   +44.137s
10. Kimi Raikkonen        Ferrari                +47.777s
11. Jenson Button         McLaren-Mercedes       +50.966s
12. Pastor Maldonado      Lotus-Renault          -1 lap
13. Adrian Sutil          Sauber-Ferrari         -1 lap
14. Romain Grosjean       Lotus-Renault          -1 lap
15. Jules Bianchi         Marussia-Ferrari       -2 laps
16. Kamui Kobayashi       Caterham-Renault       -2 laps
17. Max Chilton           Marussia-Ferrari       -2 laps
18. Marcus Ericsson       Caterham-Renault       -2 laps
19. Esteban Gutierrez     Sauber-Ferrari         -2 laps

Retirements:

Jean-Eric Vergne      Toro Rosso-Renault      59 laps
Sebastian Vettel      Red Bull-Renault        34 laps
Daniil Kvyat          Toro Rosso-Renault      24 laps

Drivers’ championship:

1. Nico Rosberg       165
2. Lewis Hamilton     136
3. Daniel Ricciardo   83
4. Fernando Alonso    79
5. Sebastian Vettel   60
6. Nico Hulkenberg    59
7. Valtteri Bottas    55
8. Jenson Button      43
9. Felipe Massa       30
10. Kevin Magnussen    29
11. Sergio Perez       28
12. Kimi Raikkonen     19
13. Romain Grosjean    8
14. Jean-Eric Vergne   8
15. Daniil Kvyat       4
16. Jules Bianchi      2

Constructors’ championship:

1. Mercedes                 301
2. Red Bull/Renault         143
3. Ferrari                   98
4. Force India/Mercedes      87
5. Williams/Mercedes         85
6. McLaren/Mercedes          72
7. Toro Rosso/Renault        12
8. Lotus/Renault              8
9. Marussia/Ferrari           2
10. Sauber/Ferrari            0
11. Caterham/Renault          0

Next race: British Grand Prix, Silverstone. June 20-22.

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