The German dived down the inside of pole-sitter Hamilton at Turn 1 to snatch the lead and despite suffering tyre vibrations in the closing stages he held on to take his third win of the year.
Hamilton, who had five seconds added to his race time for crossing the white line at the pitlane exit, finished second with Williams's Felipe Massa scoring his first podium of the year in third after Sebastian Vettel was delayed at his pitstop.
Nico Rosberg: "Wow, what a day! It feels so great to win again in Austria. It’s such a special track - very tricky and with a fantastic crowd. After my mistake yesterday in qualifying I was determined to push really hard to win this race. I had a good start and went into turn one in the lead, which was very important as I knew from past races this year that it's very difficult to overtake the same car on track. After I passed Lewis I was able to control the lead quite comfortably. Towards the end I felt some vibrations on the right front tyre but I was able to manage it to the flag. Big thanks to the team for a great car and a perfect race. Now I'm really looking forward to Silverstone, where I have good memories with the pole last year and the win in 2013."
Lewis Hamilton: "It was a pretty straightforward race. I didn't have the best start. I had a problem with the revs in that, when I came off the throttle, the revs stayed up. So, when I dropped the clutch, I had too much wheel spin and lost ground. That's something we'll look at after the race. Then, I was keeping up with Nico in the first stint - but in the second phase he just had better pace. At the end it was just about bringing it home - but Nico deserved the win so congratulations to him."
Felipe Massa: "I am delighted with the result, the team did a great job and it was a fantastic race. We made the most of the slower Ferrari pitstop and took all the opportunities that came to us to achieve my first podium of the year. The team were pushing me a lot throughout the final stages of the race and I was doing my best to keep Vettel behind. I knew it was not the time to make mistakes and it was amazing to bring it home."
Kimi Raikkonen: “I don’t know exactly what happened before the crash, I had some wheelspin in an unusual place. I was at a quite high speed, suddenly went left and end up there. I did not see anything coming, everything happened very quickly. Unfortunately at that time my race was over, it has been a poor weekend, now we have to think about next one.”
|2||Lewis Hamilton||Mercedes||+ 8.800|
|3||Felipe Massa||Williams/Mercedes||+ 17.573|
|4||Sebastian Vettel||Ferrari||+ 18.181|
|5||Valtteri Bottas||Williams/Mercedes||+ 53.604|
|6||Nico Hulkenberg||Force India/Mercedes||+ 1:04.075|
|7||Pastor Maldonado||Lotus/Mercedes||+ 1 Lap|
|8||Max Verstappen||Toro Rosso/Renault||+ 1 Lap|
|9||Sergio Perez||Force India/Mercedes||+ 1 Lap|
|10||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull/Renault||+ 1 Lap|
|11||Felipe Nasr||Sauber/Ferrari||+ 1 Lap|
|12||Daniil Kvyat||Red Bull/Renault||+ 1 Lap|
|13||Marcus Ericsson||Sauber/Ferrari||+ 2 Laps|
|14||Roberto Merhi||Marussia/Ferrari||+ 3 Laps|
|DNF||Romain Grosjean||Lotus/Mercedes||on lap 38|
|DNF||Carlos Sainz||Toro Rosso/Renault||on lap 37|
|DNF||Jenson Button||McLaren/Honda||on lap 9|
|DNF||Will Stevens||Marussia/Ferrari||on lap 2|
|DNF||Kimi Raikkonen||Ferrari||on lap 1|
|DNF||Fernando Alonso||McLaren/Honda||on lap 1|