Austrian Grand Prix as it happened

Text and video highlights of the Austrian Grand Prix, where Nico Rosberg has beaten Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton.

22 June 2014 Last updated at 12:02

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  1. 16:10: 
    On to Silverstone
    Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg

    That is all for this coverage of the Austrian Grand Prix, which has seen Nico Rosberg claim a third win of the season, but also Lewis Hamilton limit the damage from a disappointing qualifying performance.

    If you have not done so already, have a read of Andrew Benson's race report. As Fernando Alonso points out a couple of entries below, it is on to Silverstone next for the British Grand Prix - a race Hamilton loves, but has not won since 2008.

    Could it prove to be the scene of his fight back against Rosberg in the race for the drivers' championship? Join us for coverage of that weekend from 4 July to find out.

  2. 16:09: 
    Fast fact
    Mika Salo

    Valtteri Bottas became the seven Finnish driver out of eight to have competed in Formula 1 and to have scored a podium. It is only Williams' second podium since 2008.

    One Finn you may not remember who also made it on to the gantry was Mika Salo (pictured, right) - just the once - back in 1999 for Ferrari, in third, as Michael Schumacher recovered from his leg-break at Silverstone that year.


    Fernando Alonso, who finished fifth: 71 quality laps. Good points to help the team. Next and difficult stop... Silverstone

  4. 15:53: 
    Lewis Hamilton

    Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton, who finished second: "I enjoyed it, it's much better than being in the front all the way but going nowhere, it's great to see how strong Mercedes is right now.

    "I am always on maximum motivation but today I knew I had to pull something special out of the bag to achieve what I wanted. It was important to get a one two for the team. I was so so fast in practice I should have been on pole.

    "I was really happy with the start and after that it was a really good fun race. This has been a bad weekend for me but to get second place on a bad weekend was great."

  5. 15:50: 
    Austrian GP

    Honourable mention for Sergio Perez as well. Despite a five-place grid penalty the Mexican battled through the field from 15th to finish sixth. At the moment, qualifying seems to be letting the Force India man down as he has managed to qualify in the top 10 just three times this season. Sort that out, and who knows? Race wins on the cards?


    Mercedes: Our sixth 1-2 in the opening 8 races of the season! Only ever achieved once before in #F1 history! #RingLeaders

  7. 15:45: 
    Fast facts
    Nico Rosberg

    Nico Rosberg has finished in the top-two at every race in 2014.

    He leads team-mate Lewis Hamilton in the drivers' championship by 29 points, despite having won fewer races than the Briton. He has three wins to Hamilton's four.

  8. 15:41: 
    Nico Rosberg

    Mercedes' sixth one-two of the season is the most since Ferrari scored eight in 2004, but is it a slight concern that both cars had minor brake issues? It is impressive that they still battled to the front despite that problem, but it is now the second successive race that they have suffered from car problems.


    Williams: Valtteri celebrates his first podium in front of a very happy Williams team #AustrianGP

  10. 15:26: 
    Sebastian Vettel

    Daniel Ricciardo is bravely trying to draw upon the positives but what of Sebastian Vettel? His dominances of the sport must be starting to feel like a long, long time ago and his retirement means he has now failed to finish three times this year - as many as he failed to finish in the last three years combined.

  11. 15:20: 

    Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo, speaking to BBC Radio 5 live: "It was all unfortunate, we would have loved to have given the local fans a lot more love here today. On the drivers parade it was awesome to see so many fans and I think we all felt good going into the race.

    "We tried to do all we could but unfortunately we couldn't really get much more from the race today. This weekend there have been teams who have come here and have improved, Williams and Toro Rosso, they have bought some upgrades so it feels a few teams have made bigger strides here this weekend but hopefully we will be back on form at Silverstone.

    "I love Silverstone, it is my favourite track, it's a fun one to drive and hopefully things will go better for us."

  12. 15:16: 
    Austrian GP

    Daniel Ricciardo ensures Red Bull do not leave their home race completely empty handed following the retirement of world champion Sebastian Vettel, as he finished eighth. He remains third in the drivers' championship. Here is what he had to say about today's race...

  13. 15:11: 
    Keke Rosberg

    This win marks a significant moment for Nico Rosberg on a personal level, as he now has more race wins than his father with six.

    What particularly impressed me was Rosberg Jnr's efficiency on the circuit. He knew what he had to do and got on with it, not a necessarily spectacular drive but cool, calm and collected.

  14. 15:05: 
    How things stand
    Constructors Championship
  15. 15:02: 
    How things stand
    Drivers championship
  16. 15:00:  
    Allan McNish, Former Toyota F1 driver on BBC Radio 5 live
    Lewis Hamilton

    "There are going be 100,000 British fans at Silverstone all hoping to see the Brits to do well. The chances are really good for him at the British Grand Prix and I expect Lewis Hamilton to come back fighting. He has to come back fighting because he is now over one race victory behind in the championship race.

    "He needs to collect points and he needs to collect big points."

  17. 14:56: 
    Fast fact
    Nico Rosberg

    Nico Rosberg has now finished 17 consecutive races in the points and claimed eight consecutive podium finishes.

  18. 14:54: 

    It is a sea of red and white in the stands and on the grid at the moment as the fans set about generating a party atmosphere. There may have been no joy for their home team Red Bull, but they are determined to enjoy today regardless. Great scenes.

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    Sam Upton: Lewis did well to get 2nd, but that's now a 29 point gap. He HAS to win at Silverstone.

    Have to agree Sam, surely no greater motivation needed than your home race?

  20. 14:50: 

    Williams' Valterri Bottas, who finished third: "I am really really happy and I am finding it hard to put it into words.

    "The race was just what we needed at this point, the car was good again today and I am just grateful for the guys for giving me such a good car."

  21. 14:49: 

    Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes, who finished second: "I have to look at the feedback, maybe my positioning isn't right. The guys have done a fantastic job for us to get another one-two and the fans here have been insane."

  22. 14:48: 
    Fast fact

    The Mercedes one-two in Austria is their sixth of the season.

  23. 14:47: 

    Mercedes' winning driver Nico Rosberg, on the podium: "It wasn't the easiest of races, trying to manage certain things happening, but I had a very very fast car again but it is great to win again. It was also great to get another one-two. It's great to be back in Austria, it's great to have a race here again and the fans have been fantastic.

    "I am looking forward to the next one [at Silverstone], it is the home race so another one-two would be great to give the guys in the garage something to cheer about."

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    Bibhash Dash: Just checked in with Austrian GP and wow, Rosberg really taking this title challenge by the scruff! Well driven Hamilton, class

    Jack O'Regan: Rosberg lucky again. Pit mechanics cost Hamilton. Comfortably the better driver. Feel for Massa too. Still can't do anything right.

  25. 14:43: 

    Time for the drivers' podium interviews, former Red Bull driver Mark Webber is the man to ask the questions...

  26. 14:42: 

    Nico Rosberg is handed an quite impressive trophy, one that must be at least half the size of Rosberg himself. Better clear some space on the mantelpiece, and maybe even knock a hole in the roof, for that one.

  27. 14:39: 

    A bit of yodelling fills the air as the drivers head out on to the podium, surrounded by women dressed in traditional Austrian attire.

  28. 14:38: 

    Nico Rosberg thumps the air in delight after getting out of his car, his team-mate Lewis Hamilton congratulates him. The gap between the two increases to 29 points, but Hamilton has to be happy for his brilliant recovery from ninth. Damage limitation.

  29. 14:37: 

    1) Rosberg 2) Hamilton 3) Bottas 4) Massa 5) Alonso 6) Perez 7) Magnussen 8) Ricciardo 9) Hulkenberg 10) Raikkonen

    11) Button 12) Maldonado 13) Sutil 14) Grosjean 15) Bianchi 16) Kobayashi 17) Chilton 18) Ericsson 19) Gutierrez

    Retired: Vergne, Vettel, Kvyat

  30. 14:33: 

    A fantastic recovery by Lewis Hamilton but he just could not find enough to get the better of Nico Rosberg, 1.9 seconds separating the two at the end. Delight for Valtteri Bottas as he takes the first podium of his career with third place.

  31. 14:31: 
    Nico Rosberg

    Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg wins the Austrian Grand Prix.


    Lewis Hamilton is pushing hard but is it enough? It looks like he will need a slip-up by Nico Rosberg to nick this from him...

    David Coulthard, BBC F1 co-commentator

    "Hamilton just doesn't seem to have enough. So it is not looking like there will be a dramatic finish."

    LAP 69

    Mercedes say over team radio that both Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton are in "strat six" with two laps to go, 1.2 seconds between them. Meanwhile, Valtteri Bottas, in third, leads Felipe Massa by five seconds.

    David Coulthard, BBC F1 co-commentator

    "Lewis Hamilton has to take a big risk if he is going to make this happen. He started in ninth position and although the aim was still to win the race, second place would have seemed impressive considering where he started."

    LAP 68

    Lewis Hamilton is continuing to close in on Nico Rosberg. Looking like this could be close...

    LAP 66

    A beautifully comfortable manoeuvre by Sergio Perez as he sweeps past Kevin Magnussen, the man who replaced him at McLaren, on the run down to Turn Two. He is sixth.

  38. 14:23: 
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    James Humberstone: The Williams straight line speed is very impressive. I'm praying that Massa can keep ahead of Alonso.

    Paul Meadows: Great coverage of a fab Grand Prix, keeping up to date by the pool in Montenegro.

    Rian Hoskins: Sergio Perez is one of the best drivers at tyre management. If he is more consistent, he will definitely become a Grand Prix winner.

    LAP 64

    Sergio Perez is flying and is right on the back of Kevin Magnussen. Surely he will make his move for sixth soon? Meanwhile, Lewis Hamilton is over team radio asking for some updates of where he can be quicker as he pulls the gap between himself and leader Nico Rosberg back to 1.3s.

    LAP 63

    Fernando Alonso, who praised Felipe Massa as being the fastest team-mate he has ever had prior to today's race, is still on the hunt for the Brazilian, who is fourth. Two seconds between them.

    LAP 62

    Six seconds separate Lewis Hamilton in second from third-place Valtteri Bottas. Meanwhile, Sergio Perez is steaming in on Kevin Magnussen. He is five tenths of a second quicker than the McLaren and looking to make his move shortly.

    LAP 61

    Jean-Eric Vergne slowly returns to the pits as a rear brake problem forces him to retire. Both Toro Rosso's out of the race. A shame, as Daniil Kvyat's previous experience on this circuit would have given them hope of a good showing.

    LAP 60

    Sergio Perez is closing the gap on Kevin Magnussen in sixth with just over two seconds separating the two. Perez is the fastest man on the circuit at the moment.

    LAP 58

    Jules Bianchi moves past Kamui Kobayashi and into 16th towards the back of the field. Menwhile, Jenson Button pits for his final stop and rejoins in 11th, behind Kimi Raikkonen.

    LAP 57

    Nico Rosberg is lapping a little quicker than Lewis Hamilton at the moment, with 1.8s separating the two. Hamilton is told his front left brake is over the limit.

    LAP 56

    Sergio Perez makes his final stop and rejoins ahead of Nico Hulkenberg in eighth place.

    LAP 54

    Sergio Perez, still to make his final stop, is looking to close in on sixth-place Fernando Alonso, with the Force India driver having put a considerable distance between himself and Jenson Button in seventh.


    Kimi Raikkonen's race engineer: "We are racing Button, we need two tenths per lap." Raikkonen replies: "Give me more power then!"

    Is he piloting the Starship Enterprise out there?

    LAP 52

    Lewis Hamilton goes three tenths of a second quicker than Nico Rosberg to wrestle back some of the distance between the two. Hamilton is also told over team radio that his tyres are in better shape than his team-mate's.

    LAP 51

    Nico Rosberg goes even faster with 1:12.598s and his advantage over Lewis Hamilton increases slightly to 1.7s. Meanwhile, it looks like a battle is developing between former team-mates Felipe Massa and Fernando Alonso, who are fifth and sixth respectively.

    Sebastian Vettel retires at the Austrian Grand Prix

    World champion Sebastian Vettel speaking to BBC Sport, following his retirement: "We stopped because we wanted to save some mileage. We were hoping to get a safety car but it didn't happen and there is no point continuing when you are a lap behind.

    "It's part of the game [retirement], obviously it's been a bad first half of the season with three retirements and many problems, it's part of the game and we have learnt a lot. I just hope Daniel [Ricciardo] can keep moving through the field and get some points."

    Sebastian Vettel

    Here's Vettel being pushed back into the garage to retire - an interview with him coming up...


    Lewis Hamilton: "Does [Rosberg] have a brake issue like me or not?" Race engineer: "You both have a similar issue."

    LAP 49

    Nico Rosberg clocks his best lap of the race so far with 1:12.724s and he leads Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton by 1.6s.

    LAP 47

    Fernando Alonso heads into the pits and that is pretty much everyone having made a second stop. Sergio Perez, in fourth, still has to make his second visit. Alsono takes on softs and is back out in sixth.

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    Reece Young: @LewisHamilton did say he preferred being the hunter. Let's see the difference now. Ramp up the pressure on Rosberg.

    John McEnerney: "You're racing Lewis till the end" music to his ears or doom & dread? Let's see how Nico reacts to having Lewis chasing him down hard!

    Shrey Singhal: Can't even think of getting up from the couch. This race is a cracker.

    LAP 46

    Kimi Raikkonen, who is 11th, is the latest driver warned for running wide at Turn Eight, shortly after he had made his second stop.

    LAP 45

    Fernando Alonso clocks 1:13.188s - his best lap so far - and he leads Nico Rosberg by seven seconds. The Ferrari man still has his second stop to make.

    LAP 44

    Felipe Massa is back out and slots in sixth place after taking on new soft tyres. Sergio Perez ahead of him.

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    Alex Poole: Lewis Hamilton is being too patient with Mercedes about his pitstops being consistently slower than Rosberg's stops.

    Some Body: #Hamilton should fire his pitstop mechanics! 2.5 secs lost to #Rosberg in 2 stops! Enough to give the race away.

    Ashley Wilkinson: Has Lewis Hamilton ever had a quick pitstop? I don't think I've ever seen him get a 2.5, 2.6s stationary stop.


    Marussia: Our pit crew aren't getting much of a workout today. All part of the plan. Poised like a tightly coiled spring.

    LAP 43

    Felipe Massa pits from first place, making Fernando Alonso the new race leader ahead of Nico Rosberg, Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas.

    LAP 42

    Valtteri Bottas rejoins in fifth as Lewis Hamilton goes fastest with 1.13.314, Nico Rosberg also sets the exact same time. Nothing between the Mercedes.

    LAP 41

    Nico Rosberg pits from the lead and it is a quick stop for the championship leader, a second quicker than Lewis Hamilton's. He rejoins ahead of his Mercedes team-mate. Felipe Massa is the leader again for the moment after Valtteri Bottas also pits.

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    SaSanka: It's sad to see Vettel to box his car on Redbull's home circuit. How time have changed.

    Scribbsie: Seems the world champions of sports this year aren't doing well. Look out Murray.

    Ben Adams: Following the F1 from a sun bed in Zanzibar whilst on honeymoon thanks to #bbcf1 text commentary!

    LAP 40

    Lewis Hamilton pits from third after that message, taking on more softs. Replays show that his front brake was so hot that it was catching fire when he was in the pits, but his release extinguished the flames.

    LAP 38

    Nico Rosberg is told over team radio he is free to push hard as he looks to take control of this race. Meanwhile, the message comes over team radio for Lewis Hamilton that it is "hammer time".

    LAP 37

    Sergio Perez is climbing again as he passes Force India team-mate Nico Hulkenberg and into seventh. Nico Rosberg's lead at the front increases, as he leads Valtteri Bottas by 1.6s.

    David Coulthard, BBC F1 co-commentator

    "It has been a disappointing season so far for Sebastian Vettel. The last four years have been a blur of winning championships but he has been frustrated by the last of consistency from his car."

    LAP 35

    A race that started badly has finally come to an end for Sebastian Vettel as he retires. A hugely disappointing outcome at Red Bull's home race. All on Daniel Ricciardo now, who is ninth.


    Sebastian Vettel's race engineer: "Box. Box. We've got to retire the car."

    LAP 34

    Stewards are investigating that earlier incident between Sebastian Vettel and Esteban Gutierrez, which needed Vettel to head into the pits and put on a new nose.


    Mercedes: Intense battle at the front between @nico_rosberg, @ValtteriBottas and @LewisHamilton! Lapped cars coming up now. Lap 33 / 71 #RingLeaders

    LAP 32

    Nico Rosberg regains the time he lost from his previous wobble at Turn One and leads Valtteri Bottas by 1.3 seconds. Meanwhile, Sergio Perez is one of the fastest on the circuit now on his fresh tyres. He is eighth, with Nico Hulkenberg in his sights.

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    Here's the earlier chaos in the pits when Sauber released Esteban Gutierrez before attaching a wheel nut properly. He has since served his drive-through penalty.

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    Joe Burden: C'mon Bottas! A BOT HAM MAS podium will make my day :)

    Shane Daly: I need to make a coffee, but I know I will miss something if I get out of my chair.

    Louis Edwards: Amazing start to a Grand Prix, after 10 years Austria has still got it!!!!

    LAP 31

    Nico Rosberg goes off at Turn One, losing time and allowing Valtteri Bottas, in second, and Lewis Hamilton, in third, to close the gap.

    LAP 30

    Sergio Perez heads back out on softs, rejoining in eighth place. It does not get any better for Sebastian Vettel, meanwhile, who returns to his Red Bull garage to take on a new nose after running into the back of Esteban Gutierrez.

    David Coulthard, BBC F1 co-commentator

    "Hamilton has been on to his team asking for some help to get past Bottas in front of him and they have said they are looking into it. Williams are very fast on the straight."

    LAP 29

    Sergio Perez finally heads into the pits for a change of tyres. Meanwhile, Nico Rosberg leads Valtteri Bottas by one second.

    LAP 28

    Sergio Perez is still to pit and it is clearly taking its toll on his tyres as Lewis Hamilton also makes his move at Turn Two, moving into third place.

    LAP 27

    It was only a matter of time before Nico Rosberg got close enough to Sergio Perez to go for the kill and he does just that as he squeezes past at Turn Two. Perez loses momentum and Valtteri Bottas takes advantage to nip past him for P2.

    David Coulthard, BBC F1 co-commentator

    On Daniil Kyvat: "His whole wheel and suspension is hanging off there so it looks like there has been contact somewhere. It's the third successive race he hasn't finished which is a shame because his team were trying a few new things and they were confident ahead of the weekend."

    LAP 26

    Disaster for Daniil Kvyat as he goes off and into the gravel at Turn Five, shredding his right rear tyre. "I had no brakes" he says over team radio.

    LAP 25

    Just over two seconds separates the top four at the moment, with Sergio Perez still holding on to first ahead of an ever-closing Nico Rosberg. Meanwhile, Pastor Maldonado drops to 10th after Nico Hulkenberg passes him at Turn Two.

    LAP 23

    Esteban Gutierrez heads to the pits to take his stop-go penalty, rejoining in 21st place.

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    David Tait: Hamilton is light years ahead of Rosberg in terms of talent. Loving Williams at the front.

    Christian O'Connell: Terrible pit stops by Williams! Always seems to affect Massa worse!

    Jose: 9th lap and drivers told to manage their tyres already, this is not racing.


    Sauber: Not a good pit stop for #Guti as the right rear wheel nut was not mounted, so he lost time and positions, P21 #AustrianGP


    Lewis Hamilton's race engineer: "I know the position you are in, but if you can do a little bit of lift and coast that would help."

    Ben Edwards, BBC F1 commentator

    "Despite what his team are asking Hamilton is still doing better on fuel [efficiency] than anyone else."

    LAP 22

    Sebastian Vettel pits from last for fresh soft tyres while Lewis Hamilton is looking for an opportunity to get past Valtteri Bottas in third but can't find one at the moment.

    LAP 20

    Esteban Gutierrez is given a 10-second stop-go penalty after that unsafe release earlier. Leader Sergio Perez, Pastor Maldonado and Jenson Button still to pit.

    LAP 19

    Fernando Alonso is up to seventh after making a pass on Pastor Maldonado. Meanwhile, Sebastian Vettel is dead last. Persevering though. Waiting for any potential safety car that would see him catch up the rest of the field.

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    JCL: This a brilliant race to watch! What an opening 17 laps. Plenty more to come I'm sure. Bottas pit stop superb!

    Dennis Lietnev: Good start Lewis, now I hope Nico gets a car failure & spice things up upfront!!!

    Matt Harvey-Jenner: Williams left it too late to bring their drivers in but still can't call this.

    LAP 18

    Nico Rosberg is half a second behind Sergio Perez, with the leading five all in a train at the moment, Felipe Massa bringing up the rear. Not quite sure how he managed to drop as he did following that flurry of pit stops.

    LAP 17

    Felipe Massa has lost positions following his return to the circuit and he is fifth, behind Lewis Hamilton, Valtteri Bottas, Nico Rosberg and Sergio Perez, who is yet to pit.

    LAP 15

    Valtteri Bottas is momentarily the race leader before he too pits and takes on softs. He comes out behind Nico Rosberg in third.

    LAP 14

    A terrible stop for Esteban Gutierrez as he has to be pulled back into the pit stall after his right rear wheel was not tightened properly. Felipe Massa pits from the lead.

    LAP 13

    Lewis Hamilton stays out a little longer than his Mercedes team-mate before also heading into the pits from third.

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    Daniel Kelly: Great start to the race, Hamilton gains 5 places and Vettel has a problem with the car, sit back, we're in for a great race!

    Ashley Norris: Hamilton's first lap has to be one of the biggest gains without a crash

    James Andrews: This is gonna be a brilliant race! Come on, Lewis!

    LAP 12

    Nico Rosberg pits from third to swap to the soft tyres. Daniel Ricciardo, who started fifth, rejoins the circuit 17th.

    LAP 10

    Jean-Eric Vergne and Nico Hulkenberg have pitted and changed to the soft compound. Daniil Kvyat, Kevin Magnussen and Daniel Ricciardo all do likewise.

    David Coulthard, BBC F1 co-commentator

    "The bogey corner for everyone in practice and qualifying was turn eight and we have already seen four cars go wide there so that is an area to watch."


    Romain Grosjean has been warned about going outside the track limits as runs wide at Turn Eight. Fernando Alonso and Sebastian Vettel have also ran wide there. A flurry of cars dive into the pits.

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    Here's Nico Rosberg taking second at the start. Amazing that Valtteri Bottas managed to regain second place just a few corners later. That Williams has plenty of grunt against the mighty Mercedes.


    Valtteri Bottas was within seven tenths of a second of race leader Felipe Massa, but he has dropped away a little recently and the gap is now 1.1s. The leading four are moving clear of the rest of the field with fifth-place Fernando Alonso more than five seconds off Lewis Hamilton.


    Sahara Force India: "Have you tried turning it off and then on again?" must have been the advice to VET from the RBR pitwall. #TechnicalSupport

  108. 13:12: 

    Sergio Perez is making his move as he wipes out his grid penalty to climb from 15th to 11th.

  109. 13:11: 

    There is movement towards the back of the field as Jean-Eric Vergne passes Adrian Sutil for 13th. Meanwhile, the gap between Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso is increasing.

  110. 13:10: 

    Romain Grosjean has swapped from the super soft on to the soft. Fernando Alonso is on the back of Lewis Hamilton, just four tenths of a second separate the two.

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    Nick Sadler: 5 places in one lap... Mega.

    Jack of all trades: Brilliant start from Lewis Hamilton from 9th to 4th in the 1st lap

    Saint: Vettel again!! Well it seems all his bad luck for the last 4 years comes in half a season!

    Michael Stephen Day: Brilliant first lap for Hamilton who has gone from 9th to 4th in Austria.

  112. 13:09: 

    Romain Grosjean, who started from the pit lane, is back in the pits but rejoins the circuit. Felipe Massa leads ahead of Valtteri Bottas, Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton. Really fantastic stuff from the Brit to eat up so many places so quickly.

  113. 13:07: 

    Sebastian Vettel slowly attempts to cruise back to the pits before coming to a halt. It seems like he whacks the old reset button as suddenly he looks to be off again. Meanwhile, Felipe Massa leads Valtteri Bottas by one second.

    David Coulthard, BBC F1 co-commentator

    "That was fantastic overtaking by Lewis Hamilton. Nico [Rosberg] must be looking in his mirror and wondering how on earth he has just done that."


    Sebastian Vettel: "I lost drive! I lost drive. Tell me what to do please."

  116. 13:05: 

    Brilliant stuff from Lewis Hamilton as he attacks Fernando Alonso and sweeps past him. Nico Rosberg in his sights now. Disaster for Sebastian Vettel as he loses power and is just coasting along.

  117. 13:04: 
    GO! GO! GO!

    Lights out and away we go! Felipe Massa retains the lead after the first corner while Nico Rosberg jumps up to second, only for Valtteri Bottas to reclaim it while it is a fabulous start by Lewis Hamilton. He is already up to fifth.

  118. 13:02: 

    It is sunny and dry with barely a cloud in the sky. Air temperature is 23C, with track temperature 48C.

  119. 12:59: 

    The cars head off on their formation lap and the last of those still on the grid make a dart for the pit lane.

    Andrew Benson, Chief F1 writer at the Red Bull Ring

    "Whether it was the short lap, the nature of the circuit suiting their car, or the intensive work they had done on ensuring they got the best out of the tyres on this idiosyncratic, low-abrasion little track in the Styrian mountains - or a combination of all three - Williams have been quick all weekend. After Friday practice, Mercedes bosses were predicting their partner team would be competitive, and so it proved. Mercedes still should have had enough to get a comfortable pole. But on the first runs Lewis Hamilton ran wide at Turn Eight, ruining a lap that was on target to be 0.3secs quicker than anyone else would do, and Nico Rosberg had his brake balance set wrongly, allowing Valtteri Bottas to set fastest time.

    "Then on the second runs, Bottas ran wide at Turn Six/Seven, Hamilton spun at Turn Two, and Rosberg right behind him lost enough time for it to ruin his lap, and through it all came Felipe Massa to take pole, at the head of the first Williams front row lock-out for 12 years. It was thrilling, breathless stuff."

  121. 12:58: 

    The stands are packed, the sun is shining and the grid is clearing. We are just about set for the first Austrian Grand Prix since 2003. Ready?

  122. 12:55: 
    Fast fact
    Alain Prost wins Austria Grand Prix 1986

    Most Austrian GP wins by driver:

    Three - Alain Prost

    Two - Michael Schumacher, Mika Hakkinen, Alan Jones, Ronnie Peterson

    One - David Coulthard, Eddie Irvine, Jacques Villeneuve, Nigel Mansell, Niki Lauda, Elio de Angelis, Jacques Laffite, Jean-Pierre Jabouille, John Watson, Vittorio Brambilla, Carlos Reutemann, Emerson Fittipaldi, Jo Siffert, Jacky Ickx, Lorenzo Bandini

    Andrew Benson, Chief F1 writer at the Red Bull Ring

    "Strategy-wise, this race is an unknown. The tyre data gathered on cool and mostly cloudy Friday may well only be of limited use now it is significantly hotter - in their second race on Sunday morning, the GP2 drivers were reporting higher tyre wear than in their first on Saturday. In theory, this should be a two-stop race, but how long will the super-softs last in the first stint? Felipe Massa did a 17-lap run on them on Friday, and Daniel Ricciardo 20, but the heat is bound to affect them. Team are aiming for 10-15 laps, but getting off them as soon as there is a good gap to fall back into.

    "Front-row sitting Williams have higher tyre degradation than most and McLaren's is even worse - Jenson Button's super-softs went off after about three laps on Friday, just as they had in Canada. After that, it will be two stints on the softs for most. Meanwhile, will Force India try to make up for their poor grid positions by exploiting their gentle tyre usage and going for a one-stop, as in Canada?"


    Formula 1 boss Bernie Ecclestone, speaking to BBC Radio 5 live: "It's super, everyone is happy [to be back in Austria]. I think it's very kind of Mercedes to stand back and left someone else on the front of the grid."

  125. 12:53: 

    Mercedes' Executive Director (Technical) Paddy Lowe speaking to BBC Radio 5 live: "We will be very very relieved if we can get through the first three corners with both cars left intact."

  126. 12:52: 
    Take note at Turn Eight

    One thing to watch out for today is how drivers tackle Turn Eight. Several drivers have run wide at the Red Bull Ring's penultimate corner, which is named after the posthumous 1970 champion Jochen Rindt.

    It is the circuit's fastest corner and as a consequence drivers have been making use of a large run-off area to carry more speed.

    Doing so in the race, though, will see punishments handed out. A driver who leaves the track on the exit of the turn and attempts to pass a driver in front of him into Turn One will be reported to stewards, as will any driver who repeatedly leaves the track on the exit of Turn Eight.

  127. 12:51: 
    Fast fact

    The last four Austrian grands prix have seen a least one appearance by the safety car.

    Andrew Benson, Chief F1 writer at the Red Bull Ring

    "There was a stand-out performance from McLaren's Kevin Magnussen here - sixth place on the grid with team-mate Jenson Button 11th. Magnussen was 0.307 seconds quicker than Button in Q2. The Dane starred in taking second place on his debut in Australia but has been more under the radar since then, even if he has been impressive if you dug a little deeper.

    "Asked if he had felt pressure to prove he could do it again, and therefore relief that he had, he gave a typically level-headed response. 'You always feel pressure,' Magnussen said. 'This is F1 and this is where the best people in motorsport work and therefore you need to be on top of your game always. I was chosen for this job because McLaren believed I could do it. I believe I can do it. You just have to do the best you can and trust that that's good enough. It goes up and down. Some weekends you don't get it right, some weekends you do. And I think so far this weekend it's been going well. You just have to learn every weekend and try to use that learning every time.'"

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    Daniel Kelly: As much as I want Hamilton to win the Championship, I'd love a Williams one-two today! Can really see this being race of the season.

    Nick Bennetts: Excited for the Austrian GP today. Going back to Austria is the best decision the FIA has made in years. Beautiful circuit

    James Weir: Can Felipe Massa make pole count? Hope so!

  130. 12:46: 

    The grid is absolutely packed with just under 15 minutes until lights out. I haven't seen too many famous faces though, with French actor Jean Reno the most recognisable face I've spotted. There are, though, a fair few legends of Formula 1 out and about, including Austrian Gerhard Berger.

    Jean Reno

    Meanwhile, Williams' Valtteri Bottas has been getting some inspiration from ice hockey star Wayne Gretzky.

    Williams Racing
    Andrew Benson, Chief F1 writer at the Red Bull Ring

    "Of course Williams will try to win the race if they can, but head of vehicle performance Rob Smedley said that realistically their main focus was to pull some points on the teams immediately around them in the constructors' championship, namely Ferrari, Force India and McLaren. "Not to be pessimistic but our aim is not Nico Rosberg; it's the teams we're competing directly with in the championship,' Smedley said.

    "'We have to get the maximum points against the people we are actually competing with. Mercedes are far and away the leaders, Red Bull are kind of in no man's land. I don't know how well they'll go here. But then there's a group of cars from third to sixth position in the championship where it's all open. Those are the teams we have to prioritise and score against.'"

    Pedro de la Rosa

    Pedro De La Rosa: Niki Lauda is back:)!

    Andrew Benson, Chief F1 writer at the Red Bull Ring

    "Nico Rosberg starts third and must be considered favourite for victory, as Mercedes still have an advantage over the rest of the field. But how easy it will be to overtake the Williams, which are the fastest cars down the straight, remains to be seen. 'It's going to be difficult because the Williams have the same engine as us so they have the same top speed,' said Rosberg, overlooking the fact that Massa was actually 7km/h quicker than him through the speed trap, and Bottas 3km/h.

    "'I don't know whether it's going to be possible to overtake. For sure I have a very racy set-up - it is very much for the race and I think I assume they have gone a bit more qually set-up. So the chance will be there I think but I don't know how easy or difficult it will be to overtake. The first stint is also going to be very interesting because the rear degradation is going to be huge on the option so that's one opportunity'. Jenson Button believes Mercedes will be 'lightening quick, and there will be a good fight behind.' It's an intriguing set-up."


    Mercedes: Tinted visors for today! It looks like being a scorcher of a day in Austria. Are you all set for some F1 action?

    The drivers get ready for the parade

    McLaren: It's drivers' parade time. Is Daniel Ricciardo wearing lederhosen? #AustrianGP

    Yes. Yes he is...

  136. 12:32: 
    Circuit stats
    Circuit guide for the Red Bull Ring - track for the Austrian Grand Prix. First ran in 1964, the race is 71 laps long and the fastest lap is held by Michael Schumacher, set in 2003 for Ferrari.

    Length of lap: 4.326km

    Lap record: 1:08.337 (Michael Schumacher, Ferrari, 2003)

    Start line/finish line offset: 0.126km

    Total number of race laps: 71

    Total race distance: 307.020km

    Pitlane speed limits: 80km/h in practice, qualifying and the race

    Andrew Benson, Chief F1 writer at the Red Bull Ring

    "Interestingly, Fernando Alonso was second fastest through the final sector, comprising the quick corners of Turns Six, Seven, Eight and the medium-speed Nine. That was further evidence that chassis-wise, Ferrari have come up with a decent car that is being let down badly by a down-on-power engine with poor driveability. And there was more in the performance of Kimi Raikkonen, who was a massive 1.51 seconds adrift of Alonso, still badly affected in particular by the car's energy harvesting under braking. 'I was struggling with the first corner a lot; I couldn't get it right,' Raikkonen said.

    "'And I had three laps and on the last lap I locked the wheel. After that I lost a lot of time and a lot of vibrations in the straight line, I just did a lap to get something. I have been having a lot of difficulty all weekend getting a lap. If I could put a lap together, the pace wasn't too bad but it has been a big struggle to do that. It was a disappointing end to qualifying, but that's how it goes."

    Andrew Benson, Chief F1 writer at the Red Bull Ring

    "Fourth place is Fernando Alonso's best grid position since Malaysia back in March, and that was in the wet. But realistic as ever, the Spaniard pointed out Ferrari still have work to do. 'Definitely it was not a normal qualifying, which we took advantage of a bit because it is not normal to see Hamilton behind us. So we need to be proud of the position. Definitely the new parts we brought in Canada and here seemed to work fine. In Canada we found more potential in the car but for whatever reason - the track or the layout or whatever was not good for us - and we didn't have a good race. But the new parts were better than the other ones so that was a positive sign. Here again we tested some others and they seemed to be also positive so hopefully we are moving in the right direction even if we know there is still a long way to go.'

    "His expectations for the race? 'It's true sometimes we are starting seventh, ninth, 11th and try to recover. Here we start out of position so we try to combine the two things, attack to take the podium places and defend because we know that fast cars from behind will arrive sooner or later in the race and we will need to be ready for that.'"

  139. 12:30: 
    Paying the penalty

    As you can see, Sergio Perez starts from 15th today. He qualified 11th but drops five places on the grid after being found guilty of colliding with Felipe Massa in Canada last time out. He is promoted one place with Romain Grosjean starting from the pit lane.

    Max Chilton also drops to the back of the grid after qualifying 21st. He was handed a three-place penalty for a lap-one collision with Marussia team-mate Jules Bianchi in Canada.

  140. 12:26: 

    1) Felipe Massa 2) Valtteri Bottas 3) Nico Rosberg 4) Fernando Alonso 5) Daniel Ricciardo 6) Kevin Magnussen 7) Daniil Kvyat 8) Kimi Raikkonen 9) Lewis Hamilton 10) Nico Hulkenberg

    11) Jenson Button 12) Sebastian Vettel 13) Pastor Maldonado 14) Jean-Eric Vergne 15) Sergio Perez*

    16) Adrian Sutil 17) Esteban Gutierrez 18) Jules Bianchi 19) Kamui Kobayashi 20) Marcus Ericsson 21) Max Chilton*

    Pit lane: Romain Grosjean

    * Grid penalties applied

    Andrew Benson, Chief F1 writer at the Red Bull Ring

    "Lotus's Romain Grosjean will start from the pit lane. The Franco-Swiss incurred a five-place grid penalty for a gearbox change and rather than 20th, Lotus decided to take advantage of being allowed to change his car settings if he sets off from the pits. They have lowered the car's downforce, which should make it easier to overtake."

    Red Bull Racing

    Red Bull Racing: Fan-spotting... View of the fans camp site here at the Red Bull Ring.

    Andrew Benson, Chief F1 writer at the Red Bull Ring

    "From victory in Canada, Red Bull have had a disappointing time at their home race this weekend, on their own circuit, never looking close to the pace. Daniel Ricciardo, the quickest Red Bull driver in qualifying for the sixth time in eight races this season, admitted the team were 'a bit surprised'. 'We didn't expect to be fighting that hard to try and get top five, let alone to make it into Q3,' he said. 'Not really sure why. Credit to the other teams, they've obviously found some pace and the second, third sector with a few fast corners where we thought we'd probably have a bit more of an edge, they seem to be on to us.'"

    Team-mate Sebastian Vettel did not make it into Q3, after being 0.163secs off Ricciardo in Q2, admitting he was 'not quick enough'. These are tough times for the four-times world champion, who starts 12th after gaining a place thanks to Sergio Perez's five-place grid penalty for causing the spectacular collision with Felipe Massa in Canada."

  144. 12:24: 
    Daniel Ricciardo

    He may have some work to do if he is to follow up his Canadian Grand Prix win today, but Daniel Ricciardo was, as is usual, all smiles as he strolled into the paddock this morning, once again with a fine pair of Lederhosen slapped on.

    He was the fastest of the two Red Bulls in qualifying, and he starts from fifth today.

  145. 12:22:  
    BBC Radio 5 liveCoverage

    Here is what we have coming up today and how you can follow it.

    The race gets under way at 13:00 BST and I'll endeavour to describe the action on the circuit as best I can right here but you can also listen to BBC Radio 5 live commentary from 12:30 BST, on the radio and online at the top of this very page.

    All good? Good.

    Andrew Benson, Chief F1 writer at the Red Bull Ring
    Lewis Hamilton

    "Is the pressure of going for the championship, while constantly feeling as if he has to make up points lost through no fault of his own, starting to get to Lewis Hamilton? This is the third consecutive race in which he has not quite done the job in qualifying, after the controversy of Monaco, when a first run just shy of team-mate Nico Rosberg's best left him vulnerable when his team-mate went off the track, ruining Hamilton's last lap, and Canada, when he made mistakes in the middle sector and again came up just short. This was the worst of the lot.

    "Having messed up his first lap, on his final run Hamilton then braked later and harder at Turn Two, at the same time as hitting a bump. The rears locked and around he went. Hamilton admitted it 'hurts a little bit in the gut', but said he was still hopeful of a strong result in the race, even if working out how to approach it would not be easy. 'It's so difficult to know how things can pan out,' Hamilton said. 'Do you sit back a little and wait for people's tyres to go off and then push? Do you just go all out at the beginning and potentially risk your tyres going off a bit sooner. I don't know what the plan of attack is but all I know is I'm going for the win. We'll see how it works. It's damage limitation, trying to get as many points as possible and some more points on the scoreboard.'"

  147. 12:18: 
    Attack, attack, attack!

    As mentioned earlier, Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel are going to need to attack today, having qualified ninth and 13th respectively, although Vettel moves up one place because of Sergio Perez's five-place grid penalty.

    You would expect Hamilton to be the biggest mover after dominating Friday practice and he was fast in qualifying before a late spin curtailed his chances of setting a pole-winning time.


    Williams: A glorious day today in Spielberg. Austria has delivered, now it's our turn.

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    Right then, let's be having your thoughts on how today's race could pan out. Can Felipe Massa win? Or might even his team-mate Valtteri Bottas snatch victory? Will Lewis Hamilton produce a stunning drive to come through to the front, or do you fear his will to win could see him crash? If you are feeling brave send in your podium predictions.

    Tweet to #bbcf1, text on 81111 (UK only) or have your say on the BBC Sport Facebook page.

  150. 12:13: 
    Fans in Austria

    As they have been all weekend, the fans are out in force and decked out in all manner of kooky outfits. Over 240,000 spectators are estimated to have descended on Spielberg for the three days of the race weekend, and who can blame them? It is a stunning venue.

    Andrew Benson, Chief F1 writer at the Red Bull Ring

    "There is no doubt the return of the Austrian Grand Prix to the Formula 1 calendar has been a success. It has been a weekend of incident-packed track action, in front of huge crowds, in a glorious mountain setting. Even the traffic has run smoothly. The race is back thanks to the determination and deep pockets of Red Bull owner Dietrich Mateschitz, who struck a deal to add a European race to the F1 calendar for the first time since Valencia in 2008, at a time when F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone seemed to be looking elsewhere for his money.

    "'It's a great track,' Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg said, 'and fantastic that Mr Mateschitz and Bernie came to an agreement to have the race here because Austria is a great country and there are a lot of fans here. (It's a) full house; you can feel the atmosphere. I'm living in my camping truck in the field and I can see all the fans camping and it's really nice.' The Red Bull Ring may be a pale imitation of the great Osterreichring that thrilled drivers and spectators on this site from 1970-87, but it still feels like a little bit of history has come back to F1."

  152. 12:10: 
    Red Bull

    I don't know about you, but I have had a fair old tingly feeling of anticipation about this race all morning. A beautiful location, an unfamiliar front row, the potential for some epic attacks from the likes Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel. All on a fantastically old school track.


  153. 12:08:  
    Andrew Benson, Chief F1 writer at the Red Bull Ring

    "Felipe Massa has always been able to put a decent qualifying lap together; his problem at Ferrari over the past few years had been doing it consistently in the face of the stratospheric standards set by Fernando Alonso in the other car. Freed from that pressure, in a more relaxed and less intense environment at Williams, he is driving well. In a car close enough to worry Mercedes in Austria, it was Massa himself, and team-mate Valtteri Bottas, who were applying the pressure, and Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg who cracked.

    "'He's slightly more comfortable in himself,' Williams head of vehicle performance Rob Smedley said. 'He's more comfortable in his surroundings and that brings out a more relaxed approach to how he drives. You see him making much fewer mistakes than in the last few years. I'm sure he feels less pressure. There is a great deal of pressure in a team like Ferrari. He just needed to get his head above water and catch his breath a little bit to get himself in a rhythm and start moving forward.'"

  154. 12:06: 

    Williams, and Felipe Massa, have come on leaps and bounds in the last two race weekends.

    In Canada last time out, he looked like he was capable of challenging the Mercedes for outright pace and even for the win but a collision with Sergio Perez ended those hopes. However, he went some way to putting that behind him with a pole-winning lap of 1:08.759s yesterday.

    Could it all come together for him today?

    Andrew Benson, Chief F1 writer at the Red Bull Ring

    "Who could not be affected by the scenes of Felipe Massa embracing his wife and four-year-old son after setting his first pole position for nearly six years on Saturday. 'When I saw him, it was just like… he never saw me in first place, so it's a great feeling,' Massa said. Emotions were running high for both the Brazilian and his Williams team after qualifying.

    "The last time Massa was on pole was for the title-deciding race in Brazil in 2008, when he drove superbly to victory for Ferrari but lost out to Lewis Hamilton in the championship on that nail-biting last lap. He admitted holding on to first place against the superior Mercedes would not be easy. 'The race is a different situation, we're starting in a better position, which is always a help, and we need to see how Mercedes will be. But we will do everything we can, obviously."

  156. 12:02: 
    Red Bull Racing

    Hello! It is race day for the Austrian Grand Prix and there is a surprise at the front of the grid as not only is Felipe Massa on pole for the first time since 2008, he has his Williams team-mate Valtteri Bottas for company after he qualified second.

    Yep, for the first time this season there is no Mercedes car on the front row, with Nico Rosberg having qualified third and Lewis Hamilton ninth.

    Will Massa win for the first time since 2008? Will Rosberg take control and strengthen his position at the top of the drivers' championship? Will Hamilton produce a stellar drive and take victory?

    Hold on to your Lederhosens, it is all set up for a thrilling race.

  157. 12:00: 
    Massa's motivation?

    Five years ago, Felipe Massa was involved in a terrible accident at the Hungarian Grand Prix that almost cost him his life...

    Felipe Massa

    ...many suspected he would never be the same driver again, but yesterday he secured his first pole since that fateful day...

    Felipe Massa prompted an emotional embrace between Massa and his son, born six months after his accident and had never seen his dad top qualifying before...

    Felipe Massa

    ...could young Felipinho be about to see his dad climb the top step of the podium today?

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Formula 1 World Championship 2014

Position Driver Team Pts
1 Germany N Rosberg Mercedes 190
2 Great Britain L Hamilton Mercedes 176
3 Australia D Ricciardo Red Bull 106
4 Spain F Alonso Ferrari 97
5 Finland V Bottas Williams 91
6 Germany S Vettel Red Bull 82
7 Germany N Hulkenberg Force India 69
8 Great Britain J Button McLaren 59
9 Denmark K Magnussen McLaren 37
10 Brazil F Massa Williams 30
11 Mexico S Perez Force India 29
12 Finland K Raikkonen Ferrari 19
13 France J Vergne Toro Rosso 9
14 France R Grosjean Lotus 8
15 Russia D Kvyat Toro Rosso 6
16 France J Bianchi Marussia 2
17 Germany A Sutil Sauber 0
18 Sweden M Ericsson Caterham 0
19 Venezuela P Maldonado Lotus 0
20 Mexico E Gutierrez Sauber 0
21 Great Britain M Chilton Marussia 0
22 Japan K Kobayashi Caterham 0


Position Driver Team

Qualifying completed. Race due to take place on Sunday 27 July at 13:00 BST.

1 Germany N Rosberg Mercedes
2 Germany S Vettel Red Bull
3 Finland V Bottas Williams
4 Australia D Ricciardo Red Bull
5 Spain F Alonso Ferrari
6 Brazil F Massa Williams
7 Great Britain J Button McLaren
8 France J Vergne Toro Rosso
9 Germany N Hulkenberg Force India
10 Denmark K Magnussen McLaren
11 Russia D Kvyat Toro Rosso
12 Germany A Sutil Sauber
13 Mexico S Perez Force India
14 Mexico E Gutierrez Sauber
15 France R Grosjean Lotus
16 France J Bianchi Marussia
17 Finland K Raikkonen Ferrari
18 Japan K Kobayashi Caterham
19 Great Britain M Chilton Marussia
20 Sweden M Ericsson Caterham
21 Great Britain L Hamilton Mercedes
22 Venezuela P Maldonado Lotus

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