Nico Rosberg put Mercedes back on top and extended his championship lead with victory in the Austrian Grand Prix.
The Mercedes driver held third place behind the two Williams drivers in the opening stages of the race but moved ahead of them during the first round of pit stops. However he had to wait a few more laps to take the lead as Sergio Perez delayed his first pit stop and the Force India driver led several laps.
When Perez’s tyres began to wilt Rosberg passed him at turn two. The threat from Valtteri Bottas behind was shortly replaced by Lewis Hamilton, and although the other Mercedes came on strong in the final stint Rosberg held on to win.
Bottas took his first ever podium finish after moving ahead of polesitter Felipe Massa early on. The other Williams came under pressure from Fernando Alonso late in the race but resisted it to take fourth.
Perez finished sixth after passing Kevin Magnussen in the final stint, while Daniel Ricciardo demoted Nico Hulkenberg for eighth place on the final lap. Kimi Raikkonen was the final points scorer.
Red Bull’s home race did not go according to plan as Sebastian Vettel suffered an engine problem moments after the start and fell a lap behind. He eventually retired and he along with the two sister Toro Rosso cars were the only non-finishers.
2014 Austrian Grand Prix
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