Lewis Hamilton Passes Nico Rosberg on Final Lap for Austria Win

If its been questioned before, it’s answered now, Lewis Hamilton is undoubetely in his Mercedes teammate of Nico Rosberg’s head. Rosberg has had a stellar season so far with five victories in the first eight races to the year, and was on his way to a fifth when he bumped into Hamilton when the two-time defending world champion tried to pass him on the final lap.

Whenever Rosberg does good, he still has his eye on his teammate. That didn’t change today.

Rosberg, would sustain some major damage on his No. 6 Mercedes in the move, which allowed Hamilton to ease by unchallenged en route to his 46th career Formula One victory.

The damage was so bad for Rosberg that he had to slowly make his way around the track on the final lap as it resulted in a fourth place finish.

Hamilton, is now only 11 points behind Rosberg for the lead in the drivers standings heading into his home race in the British Grand Prix next weekend.

After a stewards’ investigation, Rosberg – whose brake-by-wire system went into passive mode on the second to last lap, was handed a 10-second penalty for causing a collision, but kept fourth place. He also received a reprimand for failing to stop with a seriously damaged car.

Max Verstappen would capitalize on that move as he would drive his No. 33 Red Bull Racing entry to a second place finish in Austria on Sunday. He finished 5.7-seconds behind Hamilton.

Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen would finish on the podium with a third place effort.

Raikkonen’s teammate Sebastian Vettel would crash on Lap 27 after his tire went down causing him to crash into the pit wall early on in the race. He would leave Austria very disappointed as after this happened, it’s now down to really just the two Mercedes drivers to win the title.

 

 

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