Nico Rosberg reduced the points gap on his Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton to ten points with a commanding victory in the Austrian Grand Prix.
Rosberg took the advantage by making a great start and taking the lead at Turn 1 from Hamilton. Even with the worry about tyre vibrations in the final stages of the race, Rosberg had this covered and held on to take victory. His third this season.
Hamilton, who had five seconds added to his race time for crossing the white line at the pit lane exit, finished second with Felipe Massa scoring his first podium of the year in third for Williams after Sebastian Vettel was delayed at his pit-stop.
The safety car was called into action on the first lap when Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen made contact, sending both into the barriers and out of the race.
It looked like The Iceman had a big tank-slapper on the exit of Turn 2 and when the car snapped back to outside, Alonso had nowhere to go, vaulting the Ferrari as they came to rest against the outside barrier.
Both drivers walked away from the accident, with Alonso heading to the medical centre for a precautionary check before returning to the paddock.
With Alonso’s updated car out, the Austrian Grand Prix weekend then got worse for McLaren-Honda a few laps later when Jenson Button retired for the second race in succession.
In the battle for fifth, Valtteri Bottas had to pass Force India’s Nico Hulkenberg twice after losing out during the pit-stops.
Pastor Maldonado took his second successive points finish when snatched seventh from Max Verstappen on the penultimate lap.
Maldonado nearly lost control on the start/finish straight as Verstappen defended the inside line, but he got the position when the Toro Rosso locked up and went wide at Turn 1.
Carlos Sainz was running in the points early on as he banged wheels with Romain Grosjean before passing the Lotus to take ninth.
But he picked up a five-second time penalty for speeding in the pit lane and then pulled into the pits to retire with a loss of power.
Grosjean’s race didn’t last much longer as he ran off track onto the grass before reporting a problem with the gearbox and retiring.
Sergio Perez recovered from a difficult qualifying to give Force India its first double-points finish since the season opener in Australia with ninth.
Daniel Ricciardo salvaged a point for Red Bull at its home race with 10th, passing Sauber’s Felipe Nasr in the closing stages.
Nasr crossed the line P11, with the Red Bull of Daniil Kvyat, who like his team-mate Ricciardo had a grid penalty for an engine change, was classified P12.
Marcus Ericsson had a troubled race, first picking up a drive-through penalty for jumping the start and then losing around 15 seconds when he stopped on the start/finish straight and had to do a full system reset before getting going again.
Manor’s Roberto Merhi was the last of the finishers in P14, the best finish of his Formula 1 career, while his team-mate Will Stevens retired for the first time this season with a suspected oil leak.
Austrian Grand Prix race results, 71 laps:
1 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1h30m16.930s
2 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes +8.800s*
3 Felipe Massa Williams-Mercedes +17.573s
4 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari +18.181s
5 Valtteri Bottas Williams-Mercedes +53.604s
6 Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes +64.075s
7 Pastor Maldonado Lotus-Mercedes 1 Lap
8 Max Verstappen Toro Rosso-Renault 1 Lap
9 Sergio Perez Force India-Mercedes 1 Lap
10 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull-Renault 1 Lap
11 Felipe Nasr Sauber-Ferrari 1 Lap
12 Daniil Kvyat Red Bull-Renault 1 Lap
13 Marcus Ericsson Sauber-Ferrari 2 Laps
14 Roberto Merhi Marussia-Ferrari 68 3 Laps
– Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso-Renault Retirement*
– Romain Grosjean Lotus-Mercedes Retirement
– Jenson Button McLaren-Honda Retirement
– Will Stevens Marussia-Ferrari 1 Retirement
– Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari Collision
– Fernando Alonso McLaren-Honda Collision
*Hamilton had 5s added to his race time for crossing the white line at the pit exit. Sainz received a 5s time penalty for speeding in the pit lane.
Fastest lap Nico Rosberg, Mercedes, 1m 11.235s (lap 35)
1 Lewis Hamilton 169
2 Nico Rosberg 159
3 Sebastian Vettel 120
4 Kimi Raikkonen 72
5 Valtteri Bottas 67
6 Felipe Massa 62
7 Daniel Ricciardo 36
8 Daniil Kyvat 19
9 Nico Hulkenberg 18
10 Roman Grosjean 17
11 Felipe Nasr 16
12 Sergio Perez 13
13 Pastor Maldonado 12
14 Max Verstappen 10
15 Carlos Sainz 9
16 Marcus Ericcson 5
17 Jenson Button 4
18 Fernando Alonso 0
19 Roberto Merhi 0
20 Will Stevens 0
1 Mercedes 328
2 Ferrari 192
3 Williams-Mercedes 129
4 Red Bull-Renault 55
5 Force India-Mercedes 31
6 Lotus-Mercedes 29
7 Sauber-Ferrari 21
8 Toro Rosso-Renault 19
9 McLaren-Honda 4
10 Marussia 0
Next race: British Grand Prix, Silverstone. July 3-5