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  • Drivers wait to start the Austrian Formula One Grand Prix at the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg, Austria on June 22, 2014. AFP PHOTO/JOE KLAMAR (Photo credit should read JOE KLAMAR/AFP/Getty Images)
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  • Drivers take the start of the Austrian Formula One Grand Prix at the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg on June 22, 2014. AFP PHOTO / JOE KLAMAR (Photo credit should read JOE KLAMAR/AFP/Getty Images)
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  • SPIELBERG, AUSTRIA - JUNE 22: Felipe Massa of Brazil and Williams leads into the first corner during the Austrian Formula One Grand Prix at Red Bull Ring on June 22, 2014 in Spielberg, Austria. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)
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  • Drivers steed their cars at the beginning of the Austrian Formula One Grand Prix race at the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg, Austria, Sunday, June 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Darko Bandic)
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  • SPIELBERG, AUSTRIA - JUNE 22: Fernando Alonso of Spain and Ferrari drives during the Austrian Formula One Grand Prix at Red Bull Ring on June 22, 2014 in Spielberg, Austria. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)
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  • Williams' Brazilian driver Felipe Massa (L) is followed by Williams' Finnish driver Valtteri Bottas (R) during the Austrian Formula One Grand Prix at the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg on June 22, 2014. AFP PHOTO / JOE KLAMAR (Photo credit should read JOE KLAMAR/AFP/Getty Images)
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  • Scuderia Toro Rosso driver Daniil Kvyat of Russia steers his car during the Austrian Formula One Grand Prix race at the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg, Austria, Sunday, June 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Kerstin Joensson)
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  • SPIELBERG, AUSTRIA - JUNE 22: Daniel Ricciardo of Australia and Infiniti Red Bull Racing drives during the Austrian Formula One Grand Prix at Red Bull Ring on June 22, 2014 in Spielberg, Austria. (Photo by Dom Romney/Getty Images)
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  • Mercedes' German driver Nico Rosberg competes to win in the Austrian Formula One Grand Prix at the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg on June 22, 2014. AFP PHOTO / CHRISTOF STACHE (Photo credit should read CHRISTOF STACHE/AFP/Getty Images)
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  • Force India driver Sergio Perez of Mexico, right, steers his car during the Austrian Formula One Grand Prix race at the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg, Austria, Sunday, June 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Darko Bandic)
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  • Sauber driver Esteban Gutierrez of Mexico steers his car during the Austrian Formula One Grand Prix race at the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg, Austria, Sunday, June 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Darko Bandic)
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  • Scuderia Ferrari's Finnish driver Kimi Raikkonen (bottom) competes in the Austrian Formula One Grand Prix at the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg on June 22, 2014. AFP PHOTO / JOE KLAMAR (Photo credit should read JOE KLAMAR/AFP/Getty Images)
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  • Mercedes' German driver Nico Rosberg (L) and Mercedes' British driver Lewis Hamilton compete to finish respectively winner and second in the Austrian Formula One Grand Prix at the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg on June 22, 2014. AFP PHOTO / CHRISTOF STACHE (Photo credit should read CHRISTOF STACHE/AFP/Getty Images)
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  • Scuderia Ferrari's Spanish driver Fernando Alonso competes during the Austrian Formula One Grand Prix at the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg on June 22, 2014. AFP PHOTO / JOE KLAMAR (Photo credit should read JOE KLAMAR/AFP/Getty Images)
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  • Williams' Brazilian driver Felipe Massa (L) and Williams' Finnish driver Valtteri Bottas (R) compete during the Austrian Formula One Grand Prix at the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg on June 22, 2014. AFP PHOTO / JOE KLAMAR (Photo credit should read JOE KLAMAR/AFP/Getty Images)
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  • McLaren driver Kevin Magnussen of Denmark steers his car during the Austrian Formula One Grand Prix race at the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg, Austria, Sunday, June 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Darko Bandic)
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  • Mercedes' German driver Nico Rosberg makes a pitstop during the Austrian Formula One Grand Prix at the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg on June 22, 2014. AFP PHOTO / POOL / HANS KLAUS TECHT (Photo credit should read HANS KLAUS TECHT/AFP/Getty Images)
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  • SPIELBERG, AUSTRIA - JUNE 22: Fernando Alonso of Spain and Ferrari drives during the Austrian Formula One Grand Prix at Red Bull Ring on June 22, 2014 in Spielberg, Austria. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)
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  • SPIELBERG, AUSTRIA - JUNE 22: Sebastian Vettel of Germany and Infiniti Red Bull Racing drives during the Austrian Formula One Grand Prix at Red Bull Ring on June 22, 2014 in Spielberg, Austria. (Photo by Dan Istitene/Getty Images)
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  • SPIELBERG, AUSTRIA - JUNE 22: Felipe Massa of Brazil and Williams drives during the Austrian Formula One Grand Prix at Red Bull Ring on June 22, 2014 in Spielberg, Austria. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)
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  • Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg of Germany, bottom, steers his car in front of Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain , top, and Williams driver Valtteri Bottas of Finland during the Austrian Formula One Grand Prix race at the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg, Austria, Sunday, June 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Darko Bandic)
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  • Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg of Germany, right and Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain steer their cars during the Austrian Formula One Grand Prix race at the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg, Austria, Sunday, June 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Darko Bandic)
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  • SPIELBERG, AUSTRIA - JUNE 22: Nico Rosberg of Germany and Mercedes GP leads Valtteri Bottas of Finland and Williams during the Austrian Formula One Grand Prix at Red Bull Ring on June 22, 2014 in Spielberg, Austria. (Photo by Mathias Kniepeiss/Getty Images)
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  • Mercedes' British driver Lewis Hamilton (L) is followed by Scuderia Ferrari's Spanish driver Fernando Alonso (R) as they compete in the Austrian Formula One Grand Prix at the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg on June 22, 2014. AFP PHOTO / JOE KLAMAR (Photo credit should read JOE KLAMAR/AFP/Getty Images)
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  • McLaren driver Jenson Button of Britain during the Austrian Formula One Grand Prix race at the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg, Austria, Sunday, June 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Darko Bandic)
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  • SPIELBERG, AUSTRIA - JUNE 22: Fernando Alonso of Spain and Ferrari drives during the Austrian Formula One Grand Prix at Red Bull Ring on June 22, 2014 in Spielberg, Austria. (Photo by Dom Romney/Getty Images)
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  • Sauber driver Adrian Sutil of Germany steers his car during the Austrian Formula One Grand Prix race at the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg, Austria, Sunday, June 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Darko Bandic)
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  • SPIELBERG, AUSTRIA - JUNE 22: Kevin Magnussen of Denmark and McLaren drives during the Austrian Formula One Grand Prix at Red Bull Ring on June 22, 2014 in Spielberg, Austria. (Photo by Dom Romney/Getty Images)
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  • Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg, right, of Germany leads during the Austrian Formula One Grand Prix race at the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg, Austria, Sunday, June 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Darko Bandic)
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  • SPIELBERG, AUSTRIA - JUNE 22: Valtteri Bottas of Finland and Williams drives during the Austrian Formula One Grand Prix at Red Bull Ring on June 22, 2014 in Spielberg, Austria. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)
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  • Finnish Ferrari driver Kimi Raikkonen waits during a pit stop at the Austrian Formula One Grand Prix at the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg, Austria, Sunday, June 22, 2014. (AP Photo-Hans Klaus Techt,Pool)
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  • SPIELBERG, AUSTRIA - JUNE 22: Nico Rosberg of Germany and Mercedes GP leads Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP during the Austrian Formula One Grand Prix at Red Bull Ring on June 22, 2014 in Spielberg, Austria. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)
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  • Red Bull driver Daniel Ricciardo of Australia steers his car during the Austrian Formula One Grand Prix race at the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg, Austria, Sunday, June 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)
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  • Williams' Brazilian driver Felipe Massa competes in the Austrian Formula One Grand Prix at the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg on June 22, 2014. AFP PHOTO / JURE MAKOVEC (Photo credit should read Jure Makovec/AFP/Getty Images)
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  • SPIELBERG, AUSTRIA - JUNE 22: Fernando Alonso of Spain and Ferrari drives during the Austrian Formula One Grand Prix at Red Bull Ring on June 22, 2014 in Spielberg, Austria. (Photo by Dan Istitene/Getty Images)
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  • SPIELBERG, AUSTRIA - JUNE 22: Nico Hulkenberg of Germany and Force India drives during the Austrian Formula One Grand Prix at Red Bull Ring on June 22, 2014 in Spielberg, Austria. (Photo by Dom Romney/Getty Images)
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  • SPIELBERG, AUSTRIA - JUNE 22: Daniil Kvyat of Russia and Scuderia Toro Rosso drives during the Austrian Formula One Grand Prix at Red Bull Ring on June 22, 2014 in Spielberg, Austria. (Photo by Dom Romney/Getty Images)
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  • SPIELBERG, AUSTRIA - JUNE 22: Nico Rosberg of Germany and Mercedes GP leads Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP during the Austrian Formula One Grand Prix at Red Bull Ring on June 22, 2014 in Spielberg, Austria. (Photo by Dom Romney/Getty Images)
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  • (LtoR) Second placed Mercedes' British driver Lewis Hamilton applauded as his teammate winner Mercedes' German driver Nico Rosberg holds his trophy on the podium after the Austrian Formula One Grand Prix at the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg on June 22, 2014. AFP PHOTO / CHRISTOF STACHE (Photo credit should read CHRISTOF STACHE/AFP/Getty Images)
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  • (LtoR) Second placed Mercedes' British driver Lewis Hamilton, winner Mercedes' German driver Nico Rosberg and third placed Williams' Finnish driver Valtteri Bottas pose on the podium after the Austrian Formula One Grand Prix at the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg on June 22, 2014. AFP PHOTO / JOE KLAMAR (Photo credit should read JOE KLAMAR/AFP/Getty Images)
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  • (LtoR) Second placed Mercedes' British driver Lewis Hamilton, winner Mercedes' German driver Nico Rosberg and third placed Williams' Finnish driver Valtteri Bottas pose on the podium after the Austrian Formula One Grand Prix at the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg on June 22, 2014. AFP PHOTO / JOE KLAMAR (Photo credit should read JOE KLAMAR/AFP/Getty Images)
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  • SPIELBERG, AUSTRIA - JUNE 22: Nico Rosberg of Germany and Mercedes GP celebrates on the podium next to Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP and Valtteri Bottas of Finland and Williams after his victory in the Austrian Formula One Grand Prix at Red Bull Ring on June 22, 2014 in Spielberg, Austria. (Photo by Dom Romney/Getty Images)
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The last time Formula One raced in Spielberg, Austria the track was called the A1 Ring, Juan Pablo Montoya and Ralf Schumacher were the pilots for Williams, the field contained other not-so-venerable names like Ralph Firman and Justin Wilson and V10 engines were bolted to the bulkheads – the only Mercedes units being in the backs of the two McLarens, one of which was driven by Kimi Räikkönen, who finished second behind Michael Schumacher.

The return to an old-school Formula One track – now called the Red Bull Ring – after 11 years away put an old-school team on the front row, Felipe Massa in a Williams getting his first pole position since 2008, followed by teammate Valtteri Bottas. Behind them came Nico Rosberg in the first Mercedes AMG Petronas, Fernando Alonso in the Ferrari, Daniel Ricciardo for Infiniti Red Bull Racing, Kevin Magnussen for McLaren, Danil Kvyat in his Toro Rosso, Räikkönen in the second Ferrari, Lewis Hamilton in the second Mercedes way back in ninth – he'd spun on his final timed lap after having his previous effort disqualified for going wide at Turn 8 – Nico Hülkenberg in the Force India in tenth after opting not to set a time at all in Q3.

It's a shame the well of nostalgia wasn't deep enough to give us some proper old-school racing.
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Everyone got off the line without incident but the award for the best start goes to Hamilton, who bolted through the gap between Kvyat and Räikkönen right off the line then passed his way into fourth position by the end of the first lap. The Williams duo were up-and-at-'em, too, Massa leading from Bottas, Rosberg, Hamilton and Alonso after the first lap.

The only sluggish runner in the pack was, yet again, Sebastian Vettel, whose Renault power unit lost drive due to an electrical issue. He limped around through a few corners and then it came back, but his race was a shambles: he got into a 'fender bender' with Sauber driver Esteban Gutiérrez and needed a new front wing, then retired for "tactical reasons" – drivers are allowed five power units per year, Vettel is now on his fourth.

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Beyond that, the race played to the gameplan McLaren predicted of races for the entire season: "An opening charge to establish position; a consolidatory middle-stint as engines, fuel levels and temperatures are managed; and a final burst as drivers with the machinery and confidence to push, press on to the finish." Both Mercedes had to manage brake and fuel issues, the drivers coming out of the slipstream on the main straight to cool their brakes at various points, while Massa was instructed to care for his tires with short shifting and gentler throttle out of slow corners. Less than 20 laps from the end, all four frontrunners were told to go for it.

The passing at the front of the pack happened in the pits, with the Mercedes and Williams pairs running together on track, the former getting by the latter because of different strategies. Pit-timing and tire choices are also what allowed Sergio Perez, who had started 16th after serving a five-spot grid penalty for his accident in Canada, to lead the race for a stretch before Rosberg passed him. Alonso also got time at the front, something the commentators said he hadn't done since Monza last year.

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The top five at the finish were established on Lap 40 of the 71-lap race, when Hamilton came out of the pits behind leader Rosberg but ahead of Bottas. Compared to his teammate, Hamilton had suffered two slow pit stops, losing a total of 1.9 seconds to Rosberg, which happened to almost exactly match the 1.932 gap between them as they crossed the checkered flag.

The result was the sixth Mercedes one-two out of eight races. Bottas collected his first-ever F1 podium for third, Massa disappointed to finish behind him in fourth after starting on pole. Yet another lonely race for Alonso brought him home in fifth; it looked like the Ferrari was going to make some magic with a charge on Massa in the final stages of the race, but Alonso said that once he got close and Williams let Massa race to the finish, the Williams just took off. The Spaniard said this was his best race all season but that there's no way Ferrari will catch Mercedes this year. With 11 races to go in the season, he's already looking to next year.

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Perez came sixth after a great drive to claim ten spots from his grid position, followed by Magnussen, Ricciardo – in eighth following a last-lap pass on ninth-placed Hülkenberg, the second race in a row that The Hulk's been passed on the last lap, and Räikkönen capping the top ten. Räikkönen still hasn't got comfortable with the F 14 T and lingering brake issues had his team tell him to slow down to cool his stoppers after just two laps. When he was then told, later in the race, to catch up to and pass Jenson Button, Räikkönen told his engineer, "Give me more power, then!"

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Rosbergs's win gives him 165 points in the Driver's Championship, 29 ahead of teammate Hamilton's 136, Ricciardo in a distant third with 83. Mercedes AMG Petronas leads the Constructors' Championship by a massive 301 points to 143 for Infiniti Red Bull Racing. The next four teams, Ferrari, Force India, Williams and McLaren are only separated by 26 points. Barring something monumental, this will be a doubly golden year for The Silver Arrows.

The next race is in Silverstone in two weeks. We'll see you then.


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      StephenT
      • 8 Months Ago
      Webber had to be chuckling just a little bit watching Vettel's problems.
        rsxvue
        • 8 Months Ago
        @StephenT
        Curious that all RB's PU problems are with Vettle's car this year! Although they did instruct Ricciardo not to use the overtake button after Vettle experienced his problem.
      dadslife83
      • 8 Months Ago
      I had forgotten about this circuit. What a joy to see again. And what a packed house! Too bad the engine scream of Formerula 1 wasn't present, I'll bet it was a joy to hear there. Will Buxton's interview with Claire Williams was GREAT... a very smart and involved racing woman. The only thing missing from the action were the corners commonly referred to as Mickey + Mouse. Thanks, Bernie, for allowing it back on the schedule. Did I just say that out loud?
      Junkyard Willie
      • 8 Months Ago
      Gotta give Webber credit for questioning Mercedes pit stops.
      Andrew Michael
      • 6 Months Ago

      does anyone know where i can get a large print/poster of the promo poster (racer with hands raised), i am dying to have one

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      Ivin Viljoen
      • 8 Months Ago
      http://anikcorinstallations.com Every time I read anything F1 I can't not think of Shumi and what happened to him :(
      carguy1701
      • 8 Months Ago
      Meet the new boss, same as the old boss.
      Ivin Viljoen
      • 8 Months Ago
      http://anikcorinstallations.com Every time I read anything on F1 I can't stop thinking of Shumi and what happened to him :(
      r_dezi
      • 8 Months Ago
      I find it incredible that F1 can pack them in with a season totally dominated by the same 2 Mercedes.
        JanP
        • 8 Months Ago
        @r_dezi
        Because the battle between Hamilton and Rosberg, unlike Vettel vs Weber, is quite good.