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Austrian GP 2015 (race): Rosberg wins, Hamilton fails

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GP Austria 2015 (race)
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D he Red Bull-Ring remains firmly in the Hand of Mercedes - and Nico Rosberg. The 29-year-old repeated his previous success on Sunday and won his third Grand Prix of the season after Spain and Monaco. It was the 11th triumph in the 174 races for Rosberg.

Wild accident between Alonso and Räikkönen

At the start, the Mercedes driver set the course for later success. With a good reaction time, he accelerated pole-setter Lewis Hamilton on the way into the first corner. Only in the two following turns it got tight again for the German, but he skillfully fended off the attacks of his Mercedes team-mate. 'The start has actually already fixed it. It was a tough fight for a couple of corners. After that I just gave full throttle,' said the winner.

Kimi Räikkönen and Fernando Alonso caused a moment of shock immediately after the start. On the approach to the third corner of the Red Bull-Ring, the rear of the Ferrari von Raikkonen broke out, the car lurched and then slid to the left. But there was Alonso's McLaren-Honda, which then climbed over Raikkonen's left rear wheel, shaved the Ferrari and got stuck on the guardrail. Fortunately, Alonso didn't hit his old stable rival in the head, and both pilots got out unharmed.

'I had wheelspin while accelerating and I lost the tail,' explained the iceman. 'That was unusual at this point. We have to analyze it more closely.' Alonso added: 'I was very lucky. It was a strange accident. Kimi lost control of his car. I was on the outside and couldn't do much. I went to the medical center for a quick check-up. But everything is fine . '

Hamilton receives a five-second penalty

The accident caused the safety car to stop the race for five laps neutralized. At the restart, Rosberg didn't let anything burn and pulled Hamilton away. 'It was nice to be able to open the gap. I had a few problems with graining just before the stop,' explained Rosberg. Sebastian Vettel couldn't keep up with the pace of the Mercedes and lost tenths by tenths on the supersoft tires. Rosberg made his first and only stop on lap 33.

Two laps later came Hamilton. The Brit made a mistake at the pit exit. His stern broke for a moment, causing him to run over thewhite line at the exit of the pit lane slipped. The result: a five-second penalty. After 71 laps, Rosberg crossed the finish line 3.8 seconds before Hamilton. If you add the penalty, the gap was 8.8 seconds in total.

Felipe Massa inherited the last podium. Why? Because the Ferrari mechanics did not bring the right rear wheel to Sebastian Vettel's SF15-T during the pit stop. As a result, the Heppenheimer stood for a total of 13 seconds, which washed him behind Massa. Although Vettel caught up in the remaining 35 laps and stuck Massa in the rear, it was no longer enough for a decisive attack on the little Brazilian in the Williams. For Massa it was the first podium finish this year. Vettel, on the other hand, missed his sixth podium visit in the 2015 season.

Hülkenberg strong sixth

Behind Vettel, Valtteri Bottas collected ten World Championship points for his account in fifth position. The Finn lost a position to Max Verstappen at the start, which robbed him of all chances to intervene in the battle for the podium. After cracking the Dutchman in the Toro Rosso, he briefly hung Nico Hülkenberg in the rear, which he then passed on the track.

An earlier pit stop briefly washed the Le Mans winner past Bottas again, but the World Cup fourth from last year had the upper hand over the Force India driver in the end. Nevertheless: Sixth place is a strong result for Hülkenberg.

Pastor Maldonado took seventh position. The Venezuelan overtook Verstappen in a spectacular way with three laps to go. On the home straight, Maldonado swerved with the rear wing open, almost losing his car in a wild drift. When he recovered, he braked next to Verstappen on the first corner. The 17-year-old was wrong and Maldonado pulled by.

Rosberg shortened in the World Cup

The ninth Sergio Perez secured rank ahead of Daniel Ricciardo, who started from 18th place and grabbed the last World Cup pointers. Without counting, Felipe Nasr stayed in eleventh place. With Romain Grosjean, Carlos Sainz, Jenson Button, Will Stevens, Räikkönen and Alonso, the Austrian GP counted a total of six retirements in 2015.

In the world championship, Rosberg shortened the gap to Hamilton (169) to ten points with his victory . Vettel is already 49 points behind.

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