Starting from pole, Hamilton led in the early stage of the race as Rosberg made his way up from sixth on the grid. Then German climbed to third behind Raikkonen before his first pit stop on lap 10, when he changed from opening used ultrasoft tyres to soft tyres. Behind him at that stage were Verstappen, Sebastian Vettel in the second Ferrari and Daniel Ricciardo in the second Red Bull. Hamilton, though, stayed out, trying to eke a long stint out of his starting ultrasofts and the Briton continued in the lead until lap 21 when he too pitted for softs. It was a poor stop, however, and problems with the rear left wheel saw him emerge behind Rosberg.
Vettel now led and he too was trying to get the most out of his starting supersoft tyres. It wasn’t to be, however, and after 26 laps his rear-left tyre exploded on the pit straight. He careened into the wall and the safety car was deployed. When the action resumed Rosberg now led ahead of Hamilton, Verstappen, Ricciardo and Raikkonen. A long second stint followed for the Mercedes driving during which Rosberg and Hamilton traded blows, one lapping fastest followed by an immediate response from the other.
The pace-setting led to the duo pulling away from the Red Bulls who were in turn slowly being reeled in by Raikkonen who had been disadvantaged by the stops and the safety car. Raikkonen eventually passed Ricciardo on lap 57 and set off in pursuit of Verstappen. That was Ricciardo’s cue to make a final stop to take on ultrasofts for a final charge. He rejoined behind McLaren’s Jenson Button but soon passed the Briton to reclaim P5. With 24 seconds between him and Raikkonen, though, there was no hope of further progress and he settled for fifth and 10 points.
Ahead, Hamilton was closing on Rosberg and eventually the German erred. Hamilton, seeing his chance pushed hard and attempted a move around the outside into Turn Two. As Hamilton was forced wide and Rosberg took a hard line, collision and controversy were inevitable. Hamilton powered on to take his third win of the season and the 46th of his career while Rosberg was left to finish fourth and to face a post-race stewards’ investigation for ‘causing a collision and failing to stop with a seriously damaged car’. Verstappen took the second podium finish of his young career, while Raikkonen salvaged Ferrari pride with third. With Rosberg fourth and Ricciardo fifth, sixth place went to Button, the Briton's best result since the US GP of last year. Romain Grosjean took Haas back into the points with seventh place, while Carlos Sainz was eighth for Toro Rosso. Ninth place went to Williams’ Valtteri Bottas and Pascal Wehrlein scored Manor’s first point of the season with 10th place.
2016 Austrian Grand Prix, Red Bull Ring 71 laps, 307.146km., Weather: Sunny. CLASSIFIED: P. DRIVER TEAM TIME/GAP 1. Lewis Hamilton Mercedes AMG 1h27:38.107 2. Max Verstappen Red Bull + 5.719 3. Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari + 6.024 4. Nico Rosberg Mercedes AMG + 26.710 5. Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull + 30.981 6. Jenson Button McLaren + 37.706 7. Romain Grosjean Haas + 44.668 8. Carlos Sainz JR. Toro Rosso + 47.400 9. Valtteri Bottas Williams + 1 lap 10. Pascal Wehrlein Manor + 1 lap 11. Esteban Gutierrez Haas + 1 lap 12. Jolyon Palmer Renault + 1 lap 13. Felipe Nasr Sauber + 1 lap 14. Kevin Magnussen Renault + 1 lap 15. Marcus Ericsson Sauber + 1 lap 16. Rio Haryanto Manor + 1 lap 17. Sergio Perez Force India + 1 lap Rosberg 10 seconds added to his race time. (causing a collision) Grosjean five seconds added to his race time. (speeding in the pit lane) Fastest Lap: Lewis Hamilton - 1:08.411 NOT CLASSIFIED: DRIVER TEAM Fernando Alonso McLaren Nico Hulkenberg Force India Felipe Massa Williams Sebastian Vettel Ferrari Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso Afrer 9 races: Drivers: Constructors: 1. Nico Rosberg 153 1. Mercedes AMG 295 2. Lewis Hamilton 142 2. Ferrari 192 3. Sebastian Vettel 96 3. Red Bull 168 4. Kimi Raikkonen 96 4. Williams 92 5. Daniel Ricciardo 88 5. Force India 59 6. Max Verstappen 72 6. Toro Rosso 36 7. Valtteri Bottas 54 7. McLaren 32 8. Sergio Perez 39 8. Haas 28 9. Felipe Massa 38 9. Renault 6 10. Romain Grosjean 28 10. Manor 1 11. Daniil Kvyat 22 12. Carlos Sainz JR. 22 13. Nico Hulkenberg 20 14. Fernando Alonso 18 15. Jenson Button 13 16. Kevin Magnussen 6 17. Pascal Wehrlein 1 18. Stoffel Vandoorne 1