Hamilton Out-Duels Rosberg in Austria

Nico Rosberg attempted to stop Lewis Hamilton’s pass on him going into Turn 2, but the block backfired, he lost his front wing and his teammate and main rival for the championship drove on to score the victory in the Austrian Grand Prix.

It’s the 47th win in Formula 1 for the driver of the No. 44 Mercedes AMG Petronas car, first at the Red Bull Ring, 250th by a British driver, fifth by a British driver at the circuit and 94th career podium.

Max Verstappen, who had been leading the race near the end, earned his third career podium finish and first for Red Bull Racing at their home circuit with a runner-up finish in his No. 33 RBR car. Kimi Räikkönen rounded out the podium in his No. 7 Scuderia Ferrari. It’s his 84th career podium finish.

Rosberg brought his wounded No. 6 Mercedes car home to a fourth-place finish. Daniel Ricciardo rounded out the top-five in his No. 3 RBR car.

Jenson Button brought his No. 22 McLaren-Honda home to a sixth-place finish. Romain Grosjean finished seventh in his No. 8 Haas F1 Team Ferrari. Carlos Sainz Jr. finished eighth in his No. 55 Toro Rosso Ferrari. Valtteri Bottas finished ninth in his No. 77 Williams Martini-Mercedes. Pascal Wehrlein rounded out the top-10 in his No. 94 Manor Racing Mercedes.

Esteban Gutiérrez brought the other Haas car home 11th.

Sebastian Vettel was leading the race when he suffered a right-rear tire blowout and hit the wall on the pit straight. He finished the race unclassified.

Rosberg leaves Austria with an 11-point lead over Hamilton in the drivers’ championship. Mercedes leaves still leading the constructors’ championship.

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Tucker White
Tucker White
I've followed NASCAR for well over 20 years of my life, both as a fan and now as a member of the media. As of 2023, I'm on my eighth season as a traveling NASCAR beat writer. For all its flaws and dumb moments, NASCAR at its best produces some of the best action you'll ever see in the sport of auto racing. Case in point: Kyle Larson's threading the needle pass at Darlington Raceway on May 9, 2021. On used-up tires, racing on a worn surface and an aero package that put his car on the razor's edge of control, Larson demonstrated why he's a generational talent. Those are the stories I want to capture and break down. In addition to NASCAR, I also follow IndyCar and Formula 1. As a native of Knoxville, Tennessee, and a graduate of the University of Tennessee, I'm a diehard Tennessee Volunteers fan (especially in regards to Tennessee football). If covering NASCAR doesn't kill me, down the road, watching Tennessee football will. I'm also a diehard fan of the Atlanta Braves, and I lived long enough to see them win a World Series for the first time since 1995 (when I was just a year old). I've also sworn my fan allegiance to the Nashville Predators, though that's not paid out as much as the Braves. Furthermore, as a massive sports dork, I follow the NFL on a weekly basis. Though it's more out of an obligation than genuine passion (for sports dorks, following the NFL is basically an unwritten rule). Outside of sports, I'm a major cinema buff and a weeb. My favorite film is "Your Name" and my favorite anime is "Black Lagoon."


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