F1: Nico Rosberg claims Austrian GP win as Mercedes back on top

Spielberg Bei Knittelfeld: Championship leader Nico Rosberg won the Austrian Grand Prix yesterday, putting Mercedes back on top in a nail-biting finale with teammate Lewis Hamilton.

Nico Rosberg with his trophy. Pic/AFP
Nico Rosberg with his trophy. Pic/AFP 

The German, clinching his third win this season, managed to hold off Hamilton until the end, with Williams driver Valtteri Bottas taking his first ever podium, in what turned out to be a disastrous home race for Red Bull.

Bottas's teammate Felipe Massa, who had started on pole, was fourth, followed by Ferrari's Fernando Alonso, Sergio Perez of Force India and McLaren's Kevin Magnussen.

"It wasn't an easy race. Williams were very quick in the straights so it was hard to fight with them, also in the start. But I had a faster car," the 28-year-old Rosberg said afterwards.

"Of course, a 1-2 is also good for the team, I'm happy we achieved that again after the difficult race in Montreal," he added.

The Canadian Grand Prix two weeks ago was the first race this season that did not see Mercedes on top, with Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo instead taking the win.

Force India shine

Sergio Perez staged a remarkable recovery to finish sixth from 15th on the grid while Nico Hulkenberg came home ninth to earn 10 points for Sahara Force India from the Formula 1 Austrian Grand Prix. The Silverstone squad could have got a couple of more points though. 

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