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Austrian Grand Prix 2016
Posted By: Alex Kalinauckas  |  03 Jul 2016   |  3:12 pm GMT  |  703 comments

Lewis Hamilton took a dramatic victory in the Austrian Grand Prix after a last lap collision with his Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg.

The championship leader had led at the start of lap 71 at the Red Bull Ring, but Hamilton got much better drive out of Turn 1 and pulled alongside Rosberg as they approached the uphill Turn 2.

Nico Rosberg

Both Mercedes drivers braked extremely late, but Rosberg forced Hamilton wide and the pair made contact at the edge of the track.

As Hamilton went across the run off area, Rosberg held onto the lead until his front wing disintegrated on the run to Turn 3. Hamilton moved ahead and went on to collect his third win in four races and his 46th Grand Prix win, and in the process claimed the 250th victory for British drivers competing in F1.

Earlier in the day, Hamilton had led away from pole position as his fellow front row starter Nico Hulkenberg fell back to fifth and Jenson Button eased his McLaren into second at Turn 1, ahead of Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen.

Lewis Hamilton Austria

Hamilton pulled away from Button, who held Raikkonen at bay until lap seven, while Rosberg made his way up to fourth from sixth on the grid.

The German driver passed Button for third with a sweeping move at Turn 5 on lap eight, two laps before he came in for a set of soft tyres.

Up front, the gap between Hamilton and Raikkonen ebbed and flowed as the British driver was able to make his ultrasoft tyres last much longer than expected, while the supersofts on the Ferrari and Red Bull cars did not prove to be as much of an advantage as has been expected before the race.

Hamilton eventually pitted on lap 21 for a set of soft tyres and emerged behind Rosberg in fourth after the German driver had used his fresher tyres to set a series of fastest laps.

Kimi Raikkonen

Ferrari called Raikkonen in one lap later for his own soft rubber, but the Finn re-joined well adrift of Hamilton and behind both Red Bull drivers, who had discarded their supersoft tyres several laps earlier.

On lap 27, Sebastian Vettel led the race having risen from ninth on the grid. But the four times world champion, who turned 29 today, had been left out a long time on his supersofts and, as Rosberg and Hamilton were rapidly catching him, his left-rear tyre failed spectacularly as he sped down the pit straight.

The explosion pitched him into the pit wall and then back across the track, where he was fortunate to avoid being hit by Manor’s Pascal Werhlein, and into retirement.

The safety car came out for five laps as Vettel’s car and tyre debris were cleared away before the race restarted on lap 32.

Sebastian Vettel

Rosberg held Hamilton at bay and for a time it looked as if the German driver would attempt to complete a one-stop strategy in a bid to win his third successive race at the Spielberg track.

But when Hamilton pitted on lap 54, Rosberg came in one lap later and emerged still in the lead after a slow pitstop and messy out lap cost Hamilton time.

The pair stayed close as they made their way through traffic before the final lap collision cost Mercedes an easy 1-2 finish.

Speaking after the race, Hamilton, who became the first driver to surpass 2,000 career F1 points, said: “He made a mistake into Turn 1 and so I had the opportunity to go down the outside into Turn 2. I left a lot of room on the inside and I guess he locked up and crashed into me. I think he had a problem with his brakes potentially. I’m here to win – that’s all.”

Austrian Grand Prix 2016 podium

Max Verstappen was the main driver to benefit from that crash as he held on to claim second from Raikkonen despite running on soft tyres that were 56 laps old by the finish. It was the Dutch driver’s second F1 podium after his win in the Spanish Grand Prix earlier this season.

Rosberg limped home fourth with his front wing wedged underneath his car, but he was comfortably clear of Daniel Ricciardo in fifth. The German’s lead at the top of the championship is now down to 11 points over Hamilton – had he finished first, Rosberg would have been 31 points in front of his teammate.

Button did well to record his best finish of 2016 in sixth, one place in front of Romain Grosjean, who returned to the points for Haas F1 after four non-scores since the Russian Grand Prix.

Carlos Sainz rose from fifteenth on the grid to claim eighth, ahead of Williams’ Valtteri Bottas.

Pascal Wehrlein

Werhlein, who qualified a sensational 12th for Manor, came home in tenth to score the British team’s first points since Jules Bianchi memorably finished ninth at the 2014 Monaco Grand Prix. The German driver’s day had started somewhat embarrassingly when he lined up in the wrong spot on the grid and had to reverse shortly before the lights went out, but no penalty was applied during the race.

Esteban Gutierrez ended up 11th for the third time this season for Haas F1, just ahead of Renault’s Jolyon Palmer and Sauber’s Felipe Nasr.

Kevin Magnussen finished 14th after a five-second penalty for weaving in his attempts to keep Wehrlein behind early in the race dropped him down the order.

Marcus Ericsson and Rio Haryanto brought up the rear of the field as a number of cars retired late on.

Sergio Perez

Force India’s Sergio Perez crashed into the barriers at Turn 3 on the final lap, seconds before the Mercedes scrap appeared on the scene, while Fernando Alonso, Hulkenberg and Felipe Massa all came into their garages in the closing stages.

Daniil Kvyat’s race never really got going after he started his Toro Rosso from the pitlane following his huge crash in qualifying, as he pulled off to retire at the exit of Turn 1 on lap three.

Austrian Grand Prix results:

1 Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes 1h27m38.107s
2 Max Verstappen, Red Bull +5.719s
3 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari +6.024s
4 Nico Rosberg, Mercedes +16.710s
5 Daniel Ricciardo, Red Bull +30.981s
6 Jenson Button, McLaren +37.706s
7 Romain Grosjean, Haas +44.668s
8 Carlos Sainz, Toro Rosso +47.400s
9 Valtteri Bottas, Williams +1 Lap
10 Pascal Wehrlein, Manor +1 Lap
11 Esteban Gutierrez, Haas +1 Lap
12 Jolyon Palmer, Renault +1 Lap
13 Felipe Nasr, Sauber +1 Lap
14 Kevin Magnussen, Renault +1 Lap
15 Marcus Ericsson, Sauber +1 Lap
16 Rio Haryanto, Manor +1 Lap
17 Sergio Perez, Force India +2 Laps
Fernando Alonso, McLaren Retired
Nico Hulkenberg, Force India Retired
Felipe Massa, Williams Retired
Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari Retired
Daniil Kvyat, Toro Rosso Retired

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Geoff E
The differences are
In Austin Hamilton is leading and turns in to the apex Hamilton uses the racing line a squeeze Rosberg out
In Austria rosberg is Behind, off the racing line (if you watch the lap comparisons on the formula1.com the racing line on entering the corner is where Hamilton is)and makes no attempt to turn

2

What was the difference to Austin 2015. After that I’m sure I heard Lewis say ” no one passes me around the outside man” How could this be Nico’s fault.

3

Actually they booed him because the stadium commentary had been told themHamilton had run rosberg off the road……,,

4

Good Race I thought..

5

One gets the sense that Toto / Mercedes is trying engineer a WDC win for Nico. If Lewis kept to the original 1-stop plan, then Nico would not have been anywhere near Lewis, therefore no crash.

Also no one seems to mention that it was an incredible fight-back from Lewis. His consistent pressure on Nico that forced the error, which allowed him to pass.

If blame must be attributed, then it should go to Toto / Mercedes management / strategists for putting Nico and Lewis in race that was not necessary, and/or Nico for his “battering ram” race craft.

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This is the classic case of the technician, Nico, and the talent, Lewis. It happens all the time, you have the plodder who studies long hours and grinds away only to always finish behind the guy who is effortlessly brilliant due to natural gifts. Imagine the sheer frustration building in Nico all these years in the shadow, then this year Lewis gets some bad breaks and Nico gets to pick up some victories and look like it is finally his chance to win a Championship!
[mod] In this collision Nico never even tried to turn the wheel, and as the stewards said he had plenty of track to use. Instead he tried to crash Lewis out of the race, EVEN if he took himself out too- he would rather they BOTH dnf rather than let Lewis win the race. Something no one else is commenting on other than Lewis- Nico after the collision held the car to the edge of the track to keep Lewis from driving back onto the track! He could have easily moved over to leave his teammate room to come back but obviously he wanted to not only drive him off the track but to hold him there as long as possible!!
Team orders:[mod] my solution is to fire [mod] Rosberg and let him fight if he can from a different team. Mercedes is too much in love with ” en ordnung” and being political and maybe even favor their German driver- maybe they like the idea of having two World Champions in their stable. Here we are with two out of three crashes completely Rosberg’s fault, and maybe even three- and they keep putting equal blame on the two drivers?!? Enough of being politically correct already!! Call it like it is and spank that punk- tell him pull his head out or he is gone. Yes he is technically a good driver- but F1 is about a lot more than that, and there are many good drivers available. Lewis is a rock star, he changed the game when he came into the sport- maybe give him a new young talent as a teammate to mentor, that would be great for the team!!

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Nico never even tried to turn the wheel, and as the stewards said he had plenty of track to use. Instead he tried to crash Lewis out of the race

Nope, he tried to block the line, which he is allowed to do.
It was Lewis who actively steered _into_ Rosberg.

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Nico fought back well from starting further down the grid than usual, BUT with track position and faster tyres he STILL couldn’t hold off his team mate, and lets be honest he even resorted to dirty tactics to try and win and he still couldn’t. There can be no doubt that Nico was at fault surely, the on board shows he made NO attempt to turn his wheel. I wander though, will this result be the last straw and make Nico re-think about resigning for Merc? He must know by now that in equal machinery and with no reliability issues he can not beat lewis, simple as that, (assuming Ferrari get rid of kimi) could he and would he go to Ferrari? He may think Ferrari will be capable of challenging Merc next year and be sick of coming second to Lewis.
Thoughts?

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the on board shows he made NO attempt to turn his wheel.

Now I would like you to quote the part of the regulations that say that a driver must always take the racing line. See? There is none. Rosberg took a very wide line, which you are allowed to do and it was Hamilton who steered into Rosberg. Overtaking Rosberg on the outside, while that guy was taking a wide line, had a snowballs chance in hell to work (like pushing into a rapidly closing gap, as he did in Spain, or like overtaking Button on the outside of a wet corner back at McLaren). He chose the wrong side, once again, period. He would have been able to take the inside line, or steered into the corner behind Rosberg. Unfortunately Hamilton seems to suffer from bad judgement, but if the Mercedes grands have his back no matter what stupidity he tries, there is no reason for him to change anything and Rosberg can’t always back down, because that would encourage Hamilton even more.

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The McLaren incident with Button I assume you are referring to in the Canadian Grand Prix was a wet straight not a corner, Button didn’t see him because of the spray, and being the gentleman he is later apologised.

11

There taking a wide line and blocking, but when the HAM is in front of you and you T’bone into the side of him whilst ignoring the track direction the stewards are going to penalize you.

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Manonwheels, there you go again, the rules state that a driver in that situation must leave racing room, Nico did not do this and got a well deserved penalty for it. How exactly do you think Lewis could have taken the inside line? Nico covered that side of the track, did you watch the incident?

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“Both Mercedes drivers braked extremely late, but Rosberg forced Hamilton wide and the pair made contact at the edge of the track.”

Last year, when Hamilton forced Rosberg wide and both collided, Rosberg was punished by the team. In Canada, when both collided (Hamilton was on the inside of the left hander, Rosberg in front on the outside, where the next corner was a right hander so he would have been on the inside of that), Toto Wolff made Rosberg the scapegoat and said “he, who is on the inside, dictated the line”. Now, Rosberg is blamed again, this time being on the inside.
Basically Rosberg can do what he wants, it’s his fault, no matter if Hamilton jeopardizes a good team result with overly aggressive driving or not, and Hamilton is a very aggressive driver.
That’s why the Austrian public booed and I think: rightly so.

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Manonwheels, I think you need to understand the difference between corner entry and exit, different rules apply. It is clear the Stewards understand this difference, but then it is their job to know of course.

Kenneth, surely not disagreeing with the stewards again are you?

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I just happen to agree with you there.

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Also Looking at Rosbergs times he shows no particular loss in speed with tires ten laps older than hamiltons only 5 less then hamilton would have need to the end on a 1 stop.

http://en.mclarenf-1.com/index.php?page=chart&gp=964&graf=3&dr1=Lewis Hamilton&dr2=Nico Rosberg

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Looking at these numbers I have to question mercedes switch of hamilton to two stop.

http://en.mclarenf-1.com/index.php?page=chart&gp=964&graf=3&dr1=Max%20Verstappen&dr2=Lewis%20Hamilton

Verstapppens drop off when staying on the soft seems to be only 12 seconds loss (-4.6-to +7.4 seconds )and he was on older tires (6laps) than hamiltons. Compared with 20 odd second pit stop you have to question having wasted hamiltons lead waiting to pit why not continue to the end.

Hamilton had shown good tire wear getting to 22nd lap and soft and ultra soft have similar operating temperatures so shown wear relatively the same way unlike the super soft which has a very different operating temperature so wear differently depending on the temperature. If I were hamilton i would be requesting to look at the wear on my first set softs…..

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Super Seven is correct. The incident is clear for everyone to see. The stewards are right to blame Rosberg. They are both good drivers but Hamilton still has the edge.

19

An exciting race. However Rosberg dad a problem. He overtook others smoothly to reach the lead but when others try To overtake, he blocks them, hence frequent collisions. Not very sportsmanlike! Yes you are in the race to win.

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If there wouldn’t have been a collision –
There was a yellow flag and all was started by Hamilton starting to overtake under yellow? Hamilton said he saw an open gap, he didn’t say that he was overtaking a damaged car under yellow.
So without the collision, shouldn’t there have been a penalty for Hamilton?

And how often Hamilton was continuing driving without a penalty when he had a damaged car?

I think that this is the same ‘We are british who cares for others’ mentality which accumulated in the Brexit.

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1. Lewis Hamilton. Good drive, but i don’t understand why the team made the second pitstop. It was obvious Nico was on a 2 stopper.
2. Max Verstappen. Good start, very good ending. Maximum result. Was his first pit stop on time? He could have done a couple of more laps with the supersofts, but would have lost track position?
3. Kimi Raikkonen. Ok drive, but lost track position because of late pit stop. Eventually could not overtake Ricciardo quick enough and so had to settle for 3rd.
4. Nico Rosberg. Clear strategy, but threw it all away on the last lap. He was lucky to finish as high as he did.
5. Daniel Ricciardo. Ok drive, but slower than his team mate. Did a good job of holding up Kimi and so helping the team. A pity he had a second pit stop, otherwise he would have finished 4th.

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Yet again Rosberg falls apart when going wheel to wheel. Of the top 3 teams at the moment, Rosberg is the weakest driver by far. It will be an embarrassment if he manages to win the title.

He is also getting away too lightly with his dangerous moves. We saw his swerve in Spain (that he has done before in Bahrain and few years ago) and now another move that has led to contact. The FIA need to step in here because he will end up hurting someone if he is allowed to continue doing that.

Im no fan of Hamilton from a personality perspective, but he handled the disrespectful fans perfectly on the podium yesterday. Shameful of them, no excuse to boo a driver like that.

23

Why was Hamilton allowed to overtake under yellows?

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You’re allowed to overtake under yellow flags if the car in front is unreasonably slow/damaged, which Rosberg obviously was.

25

Seems to be plenty of blame to go around.

Nico was definitely being naughty. If given a chance (another second or two), I’m sure he would have pushed Hammy over the curbs and onto the apron.
(Remember, this is exactly what LH did to him at Canada.)

But as I see it, Lewis did all the colliding. Nico started to turn – just a little – and Lewis, possibly thinking NR was going to commit to turn in toward a belated apex, turned strongly to the right. Crunch. I’ll give LH the benefit of the doubt, and accept that he wasn’t intentionally doing a Schumacher Chop, but it was still his misjudgment that caused the collision.

LH was fractionally ahead, but it seems anyone can accomplish that if they are willing to delay braking and take a swoopy, wide entrance. I don’t see his lead being ‘real’ or significant enough that NR should have yielded the right of way.

26

“LH was fractionally ahead”

I suppose that’s technically true, it’s just the fraction was about two-thirds.

27

At one point…
By the time they got around to hitting one another, it was a little over a wheel’s diameter.
None of which excuses LH cranking the wheel and plowing into NR. As I understand it, ‘causing a collision’ is a more serious driving offence than running the other person off line.

28

That’s not true, Rosberg’s front wing hit Hamilton’s sidepod, even after Hamilton had slowed down and turned to make the corner.

29

A big shame…a grand finale overshadowed by some inept defensive skills defended by both Lauda and Wolff.
It seems that hindering your driver with a dodgy car is fine and perfectly acceptable, but a kamikaze move to retain the lead which has dropped in your lap by a suspect strategy call is justified as acceptable by the management, the changing of mechanics on both Lewis and Nico’s cars this season leaves a bitter taste, and the constant loss of time in the box leaves me suspicious to join the conspiracy theorists, how else can you quantify?
Pity Toto doesn’t slam the table when Lewis’s car breaks every 5 minutes….

30

Having digested the post race press reviews it’s pretty clear that the significant majority of experts support the notion, and the stewards decision, that Rosberg got that one wrong.
Rosberg’s defence would only have been credible if he’d bothered to apply some steering lock and attempt to make the corner. Under-steering straight ahead would have at least been excusable (Canada and Austin anyone?), maintaining a straight ahead position and openly admitting that he was deliberately squeezing Hamilton says it all. Guilty as charged.
In Barcelona he was lucky to escape based on the speed at which the accident unfolded, this time he left himself totally exposed.
Hamilton has the ability to apply pressure like few others coupled with the ability to overtake a team mate that Rosberg has not yet been able to match. Don’t forget that Rosberg put himself in that vulnerable position with his turn one error, Hamilton immediately spotted it and went for the kill. Rosberg was desperate and desperate people do desperate things.
For Nico’s sake he needs to wind his neck in, accept the decision, the responsibility for the accident and move on or else it could eat him up.
Imagine the booing next week at Silverstone if his head is still in the same place!

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Isn’t it amazing? not one smashed/collapsed suspension from kerb running during the entire race!!! At least, i’m not aware of any. just goes to show that all the commentators/whining fans and some drivers [we know who they were] who were promoting doom and gloom if they weren’t removed were actually full of ‘you know what’. as some of us said, it’s all too easy. stay off the kerbs and there won’t be any problems……

32

Kenneth, I did notice that actually it is possible not to run over the kerbs in the race, despite pre race protestations.

33

Let’s face it, the only reason Rossberg is leading the points is his engines don’t calf when he needs it the most.
Ham still has lots of time and space to gitter dun.

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In 2001, same place same situation Montoya vs Schumacher, guess who lost more and took the blame for the incident? I’m Colombian but JPM made a stupid mistake, Rosberg needs to learn from the F1 history: https://youtu.be/fInhn3OvhGc

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As galling as it was listening to Ted Kravtiz ramble on about the injustice of Rosberg somehow being in the lead after the final pit stop , it was probably fair play to see Hamilton take the chequered flag considering he dominated and controlled the race from the start.
As for the crash it reaked of desperation from Nico.
Barcelona, Montreal and now Austria have shown that both of them have zero respect for each other and even less respect for their teams, otherwise these incidents wouldn’t be repeating themselves.
As a fan it makes great viewing however I’d be jumping up and down and swearing like a trooper as Toto was if I were a Team Principal!

36

did ros.’steering wheel movements tell you smthng. ?
the way he turned it ..when..where in the curb says all.

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Christmas Dinner

The headlines will (rightfully) belong to Scooby and Scrappy Doo but a brilliant race to watch and great to se JB and Wehrlein mixing it up shouldn’t be discounted

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