” Nico Rosberg extended his lead at the top of the drivers’ championship with a measured victory over team-mate Lewis Hamilton at the Austrian Grand Prix.
It was the team’s sixth one-two of the season, and although they crossed the line 1.9s apart, both drivers were pushing hard until the final lap. At Turn 3 on lap 71 of 71 both drivers ran wide as Hamilton, who had started ninth on the grid, gave one last push in the closing stages despite both cars managing minor issues. Rosberg made one mistake at Turn 1 on lap 31, but it was not enough to upset his lead and extend his advantage to 29 points in the drivers’ standings.
After starting from first and second the Williamses put up a fight for the first two stints of the race, but their charge, led by Valtteri Bottas after the first pit stops, waned in the final stint. Nevertheless, Bottas took the team’s first podium since its victory at the 2012 Spanish Grand Prix as the FW36 finally lived up to the promise it showed in pre-season testing.
Felipe Massa took fourth place despite a late charge from Fernando Alonso, who lurked within 1.1s of the Williams towards the end of the race but couldn’t make a move stick. Sergio Perez used an alternative strategy by starting on the soft tyres to haul his Force India from 16th on the grid to sixth, and even lead for a brief period before his first pit stop. ”
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