Lewis Hamilton takes first Austrian Grand Prix Victory
By: S. Harding, Xiro Xone News July 03, 2016 Updated: 3:23 PM
Lewis Hamilton shows why he has earned the nickname, the “Jedi Knight” of F1 by taking an amazing last-lap victory at the Austrian Grand Prix after colliding with teammate Nico Rosberg while passing for the lead.
“The opportunity to try for the win came on the final lap when Nico ran wide out of Turn 1. 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 allow us to race and it’s the aim for both of us to win races – this was just an unfortunate incident today,” said Hamilton.
It started with Hamilton taking the opportunity on the outside of Turn 2, with Rosberg going deep into the corner and into his teammate. The collision took out Rosberg's front wing and left him limping to the flag, finishing fourth behind Max Verstappen and Kimi Raikkonen in the final corners.
Having started sixth, Rosberg led Hamilton for the majority of the race and took advantage of two poor pit stops from Hamilton pitted and from an alternative strategy which left Hamilton at a disadvantage. But, in the final three laps Hamilton put “the hammer down” and closed in on Rosberg giving him a chance to pass on the approach to Turn 2 on the final lap.
Rosberg then chose to take the inside line, with Hamilton to the outside, but Rosberg, who appeared to be suffering from a brake issue, still chose to go deep into the corner which resulted in the collision with the steward’s investigating Nico Rosberg actions.
“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,” said Rosberg.
After the stewards' investigation, Rosberg received a 10-second penalty and two penalty points on his superlicense for his collision with Lewis Hamilton at the Austrian Grand Prix.
The penalty does not impact on his finishing position, but it means the stewards felt he was to blame for the incident after failing to leave "racing room". Rosberg also received a reprimand for continuing with a damaged car to finish fourth on the final lap.
Regarding the collision, the stewards wrote: "Having taken note of the extensive evidence given by both drivers and the video and telemetry data, it was apparent that Car 44 (HAM) was in front of Car 6 (ROS) - i.e. more than fully alongside - and that the driver of Car 44 could have clearly made the turn (T2) on the track, if not for the resultant collision. Car 6 did not allow Car 44 "racing room" and hence the driver of Car 6 was responsible for the collision."
Red Bull driver Daniel Ricciardo finished fifth ahead Jenson Button and Romain Grosjean, who both had solid drives to score points for McLaren and Haas.
“It was a pretty good race. The first lap was not great. I was pushed out by another car and I lost quite a few positions. After that we stayed out on the supersofts, even though the tires were going away. I managed to pick up some pace and run well,” said Grosjean.
Carlos Sainz bounced back from an engine failure in qualifying to finish eighth ahead of Williams driver Valtteri Bottas, and a magnificent drive from Pascal Wehrlein saw him score the first point of his career and Manor's first point since Monaco 2014.
“It’s incredible. I’m so happy! It’s just been one of those weekends and to end it this way is a fantastic reward for everyone,” said Wehrlein.
With Rosberg’s penalty driver’s championship currently stands, with Rosberg's lead cut from 24 points to 11 heading into next weekends British Grand Prix.