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Sunday images from the 2016 Austrian Grand Prix

F1: Hamilton wins drama filled Austrian Grand Prix

Jul 042016

The hills were alive with the sound of horsepower and high drama at the 2016 Austrian Grand Prix this weekend. What could have been a MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS Formula One Team double podium turned into a last lap clash between the race leading Silver Arrows.

Battling for the lead around the outside of turn two on the picture postcard alpine circuit in Spielberg, Austria, Hamilton went for a breathtaking race lead overtake. As the entry and apex of the corner loomed however, Lewis had not completely cleared ahead of Nico’s car; so the German racer was able to defend heavily and run his teammate wide.

“I was in a good position, head down and targeting as many points as possible today - The opportunity to try for the win came on the final lap when Nico ran wide out of Turn 1,” explained Lewis.


“I was then able to get a good run on him and went down the outside, leaving as much room as I could. I was surprised to make contact with Nico and then from there I just tried to push as hard as possible, passing him ahead of the next corner as he slowed due to the sparks coming off his car. This is motor racing and the team allows us to race and it's the aim for both of us to win races - this was just an unfortunate incident today. I'm looking forward to getting to Silverstone to catch up with my fans and hopefully I can get another good result there.”


Nico responded by saying:  “It was disappointing to lose the race like that. It got quite difficult on the final few laps as I had to manage my brakes and I was confident that I could bring the victory home. I had the inside line and we both went into the corner a bit long. I was surprised that Lewis turned in and it ultimately meant that we came together - that's how the sport goes sometimes but it's really difficult to lose the race in that way.”


1    Lewis Hamilton    Mercedes            1h 27m 38.107s
2    Max Verstappen    Red Bull/Renault        5.719s
3    Kimi Raikkonen    Ferrari            6.024s
4    Nico Rosberg    Mercedes            26.710s
5    Daniel Ricciardo    Red Bull/Renault        30.981s
6    Jenson Button    McLaren/Honda        37.706s
7    Romain Grosjean    Haas/Ferrari            44.668s
8    Carlos Sainz        Toro Rosso/Ferrari        47.400s
9    Valtteri Bottas    Williams/Mercedes        1 Lap
10    Pascal Wehrlein    Manor/Mercedes        1 Lap
11    Esteban Gutierrez    Haas/Ferrari            1 Lap
12    Jolyon Palmer        Renault            1 Lap
13    Felipe Nasr        Sauber/Ferrari        1 Lap
14    Kevin Magnussen    Renault            1 Lap
15    Marcus Ericsson    Sauber/Ferrari        1 Lap
16    Rio Haryanto        Manor/Mercedes        1 Lap
17    Sergio Perez        Force India/Mercedes    Brakes
18    Fernando Alonso    McLaren/Honda        Power Unit
19    Nico Hulkenberg    Force India/Mercedes    Brakes
20    Felipe Massa        Williams/Mercedes        Brakes
-    Sebastian Vettel    Ferrari            Tyre
-    Daniil Kvyat        Toro Rosso/Ferrari        Mechanical