The Austrian Grand Prix had a little bit of everything, and then a just a little bit more besides. It all began with Felipe Massa having to start from the pit lane as Williams made changes to his car. The resulting gap on the grid confused Pascal Wehrlein, who pulled one space too far and rapidly had to reverse before the starting lights went out. He wasn’t penalised, though, and remained focused enough to finish in tenth place, picking up a crucial point for Manor.
Meanwhile, Sebastian Vettel caused a safety car period after his tyre exploded on the home straight sending him careering into the pit wall. He was fine, thankfully, and that helped to close up the field. Other retirements included Kvyat, Massa, Alonso, Hülkenberg and Pérez.
On the final lap, Rosberg was leading, Hamilton was closing in on him and tried to overtake, when Rosberg failed to turn into the corner and caused a collision – which only served to push him back to fourth and allow Hamilton through for the win. Max Verstappen and Kimi Räikkönen took the final podium positions, split by just three tenths of a second from each other.
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References Felipe Massa, Kimi Räikkönen, Max Verstappen, Pascal Wehrlein, Sebastian Vettel
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