Rosberg wins as Mercedes overhauls Williams

Rosberg wins as Mercedes overhauls Williams

22 June 2014 – Nico Rosberg claimed his third win of the season with an assured performance in Sunday's Austrian Grand Prix. The Mercedes driver overcame Williams duo Felipe Massa and Valtteri Bottas in the first pit-stop phase, before fending off charging team-mate Lewis Hamilton. Bottas recorded his maiden podium in third.

As the lights went out, pole-sitter Massa made a lightning getaway to lead comfortably into the first corner, while Bottas responded to an early pass from Rosberg to ensure that Williams remained one-two on the road.

Behind, Hamilton put together an incredible opening lap to jump from ninth to fourth, meaning the Williams and Mercedes cars ran line astern.

The Briton, eager to make up for his costly mistake in qualifying, was already running inside the top five as the cars exited the first corner, before pulling a fine move on Ferrari rival Fernando Alonso at Turn 8.

The leading quartet held position until the opening pit-stop phase when Rosberg, who was the first of the pack to come in for fresh rubber on Lap 12, jumped ahead of both Massa and Bottas, who stayed out a little longer.

Hamilton joined Rosberg in making progress; although unable to jump Bottas, who kept Williams in the hunt by returning between the Mercedes cars, he slipped past Massa at Turn 2 just after the Brazilian had pitted.

As the race settled down again, Rosberg set about managing the gap back to Bottas, the German threatened only when he made a mistake at the exit of the first corner and allowed the Finn to temporarily close in.

After Rosberg regained his composure and edged out a small advantage, Hamilton did all he could to find a way past Bottas, but a move would not come on the track – instead during the second round of pit-stops.

The final stint saw Rosberg and Hamilton, locked in a fierce title battle, go head-to-head for another victory.

But despite Hamilton's best efforts, he was unable to prevent Rosberg from taking the chequered flag first and extending his lead in the standings to 29 points – an unassailable advantage at the British Grand Prix.

It is also Mercedes' sixth one-two finish of the season after Malaysia, Bahrain, China, Spain and Monaco.

Bottas ultimately came home a lonely third, six seconds down on Hamilton and nine clear of team-mate Massa.

Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso converted his strong qualifying result into a sizeable haul of points, ahead of Force India's Sergio Pérez, who put together a fine comeback drive from 16th on an opposing tyre strategy.

McLaren's Kevin Magnussen finished seventh, while Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo – who struggled for boost throughout the race – stole eighth from Force India rival Nico Hülkenberg with a smart move on the final lap.

Kimi Räikkönen rounded out the points for Ferrari, narrowly beating Jenson Button in the second McLaren.

Sebastian Vettel was one of only three retirements, along with Toro Rosso duo Jean-Éric Vergne (brakes) and Daniil Kvyat (right-rear damage). The reigning World Champion dropped to the back of the field with a loss of power early on before clashing with Sauber driver Esteban Gutiérrez and ultimately returning to the pits.

The ninth round of the 2014 season takes place at Silverstone on the weekend of July 5-6

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