Rosberg gets the jump on Hamilton in Austria

Sun Jun 21, 2015 2:09pm EDT
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By Alan Baldwin

SPIELBERG, Austria (Reuters) - Nico Rosberg won the Austrian Grand Prix for the second year in a row on Sunday with his championship-leading Mercedes team mate Lewis Hamilton losing out at the start and having to settle for second.

Hamilton's lead in the Formula One standings was cut to 10 points after eight of 19 races, the Briton making a poor getaway from pole position and being beaten into the first corner by the determined German.

The victory was Rosberg's third of the season, to Hamilton's four, and left him on 159 points to his rival's 169.

Asked why he did not drive every race like that, Rosberg smiled: "I will try from now on," he told reporters. "It's an awesome feeling of course to win again here. The start made the race.

"It really worked out perfectly today," added the German, who turns 30 next weekend.

Any hopes of a chase to the end disappeared when Hamilton, who finished 3.8 seconds behind, collected a five-second penalty for crossing the white line as he left the pits on the 35th of the 71 laps.

The double world champion recognized that he was never close enough even without the penalty.

"Nico did a fantastic job today. He was quicker during the race, I had a bad start which lost me ground," said Hamilton in podium interviews conducted by former F1 racer Gerhard Berger. "I was pushing as hard as I could."   Continued...

Mercedes Formula One driver Nico Rosberg of Germany celebrates with the trophy after winning the Austrian F1 Grand Prix at the Red Bull Ring circuit in Spielberg, Austria, June 21, 2015.   REUTERS/Laszlo Balogh