Lewis Hamilton wins in Austria after Nico Rosberg collision
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Lewis Hamilton wins in Austria after Nico Rosberg collision

Lewis Hamilton wins in Austria after Nico Rosberg collision

Lewis Hamilton passed Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg as they collided on the last lap in a thrilling finish to win the Austrian Grand Prix.

Hamilton passed Rosberg for the lead around the outside of Turn Two, Rosberg damaging his front wing and dropping to fourth at the flag after the contact.

The win will be a relief to Hamilton, who might have thought pit errors and questionable strategy could cost him.

It reduces Hamilton’s deficit to Rosberg to 11 points in the title race.

There will be controversy at Mercedes about the move that decided the race.

Hamilton was on the outside and alongside heading into Turn Two but Rosberg held him out wide, delaying his turn-in, and they collided as Hamilton tried to turn in.

He was pushed off the track but the collision had damaged Rosberg’s front wing, which sparked along the track as Hamilton passed the German, who then lost further places to Red Bull’s Max Verstappen and Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen.

Hamilton’s engineer Peter Bonnington said to him: “That’s not the result we were after.”

There will be controversy at Mercedes about the move that decided the race.

Hamilton was on the outside and alongside heading into Turn Two but Rosberg held him out wide, delaying his turn-in, and they collided as Hamilton tried to turn in.

He was pushed off the track but the collision had damaged Rosberg’s front wing, which sparked along the track as Hamilton passed the German, who then lost further places to Red Bull’s Max Verstappen and Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen.

Hamilton’s engineer Peter Bonnington said to him: “That’s not the result we were after.”

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