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F1 Austria: Nico Rosberg extends championship lead at Red Bull Ring (+results)

From press release

Despite pressure from Williams, Mercedes took another 1-2 victory in Austria, led by German Nico Rosberg.

The weather was warm and dry at Spielberg's Red Bull Ring as Rosberg claimed his fourth win of the season and eighth consecutive podium after starting third on the grid. Aboard the sister W05, Hamilton finished second after gaining seven places, securing the team's sixth one-two finish in the 2014 season.

Nico Rosberg, Lewis Hamilton Mercedes W05 Red Bull Ring F1
Nico Rosberg, Mercedes W05 (Photo: WRi2)

Both drivers ran two-stop strategies, running a tire choice of option/prime/prime.

"We chose the aggressive way to pit earlier and to overtake the Williams that way and that worked out quite well," said Rosberg.

F1 Red Bull Ring
(Photo: WRi2)

"We had to look after our brakes, which was a big job for the whole race. Also this worked out perfectly for me. Before the weekend, my target was to extend the lead in the championship, which I achieved."

The 28-year-old now leads the championship by 29 points over Hamilton.

Lewis Hamilton Valtteri Bottas Red Bull Ring F1
(Photo: WRi2)

"After what happened yesterday in qualifying, today was all about damage limitation for me, so I’m as happy as I can be with a P2 finish," added the Briton.

"I have had the pace in the car all weekend here but I wasn’t able to capitalize on that, so getting second place from a bad weekend is pretty good, I guess. I had a rocket start – it’s something we’ve be working hard on all year and it was one of the best I’ve ever had.

Fernando Alonso, Ferrari F14-T, Red Bull Ring F1
Fernando Alonso, Ferrari F14-T (Photo: WRi2)

"I managed to put the car in all the right places and climb to P4 by the end of the first lap."

Race results* – Austrian Grand Prix (roung 8 of 19)
1 - Nico Rosberg (Mercedes W05) - 71 laps 1.27'54"967
2 - Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes W05) - 1"932
3 - Valtteri Bottas (Williams FW36-Mercedes) - 8"172
4 - Felipe Massa (Williams FW36-Mercedes) - 17"358
5 - Fernando Alonso (Ferrari F14-T) - 18"553
6 - Sergio Perez (Force India VJM07-Mercedes) - 28"546
7 - Kevin Magnussen (McLaren MP4/29-Mercedes) - 32"031
8 - Daniel Ricciardo (Red Bull RB10-Renault) - 43"522
9 - Nico Hulkenberg (Force India VJM07-Mercedes) - 44"137
10 - Kimi Raikkonen (Ferrari F14-T) - 47"777
11 - Jenson Button (McLaren MP4/29-Mercedes) - 50"966
12 - Pastor Maldonado (Lotus E22-Renault) - 1 lap
13 - Adrian Sutil (Sauber C33-Ferrari) - 1 lap
14 - Romain Grosjean (Lotus E22-Renault) - 1 lap
15 - Jules Bianchi (Marussia MR03-Ferrari) - 2 laps
16 - Kamui Kobayashi (Caterham CT05-Renault) - 2 laps
17 - Max Chilton (Marussia MR03-Ferrari) - 2 laps
18 - Marcus Ericsson (Caterham CT05-Renault) - 2 laps
19 - Esteban Gutierrez (Sauber C33-Ferrari) - 2 laps

Fastest lap of the race: 1'12"142 by Sergio Pérez

Valtteri Bottas Felipe Massa Williams FW36 Red Bull Ring F1
(Photo: WRi2)

Jean-Eric Vergne
Sebastian Vettel
Daniil Kvyat

Drivers' championship
1.Rosberg 165; 2.Hamilton 136; 3.Ricciardo 83; 4.Alonso 79; 5.Vettel 60; 6.Hulkenberg 59; 7.Bottas 55; 8.Button 43; 9.Massa 30; 10.Magnussen 29; 11.Perez 28; 12.Raikkonen 19; 13.Grosejan, Vergne 8; 15.Kvyat 4; 16.Bianchi 2.

Constructors' championship
1.Mercedes 301; 2.Red Bull-Renault 143; 3.Ferrari 98; 4.Force India-Mercedes 87; 5.Williams-Mercedes 85; 6.McLaren-Mercedes 72; 7.Toro Rosso-Renault 12; 8.Marussia-Ferrari 2.

*Unofficial scoring