2015 Austrian Grand Prix Results
From Canada it was back to Europe for the teams, for the second part of the European leg of the season. Although the Austrian Prix itself has a long history, this was the second time the Austrian Grand Prix has taken place in recent years, since it was added to the F1 calendar last year when Nico Rosberg won the Austrian Grand Prix. This year, he was able to repeat his performance and took the chequered flag at the Red Bull Ring. Second place went to team mate Lewis Hamilton and third place to Felipe Massa.
Qualifying was dominated yet again by Mercedes drivers Hamilton and Rosberg. Rosberg posted the fastest lap times in the first two rounds and team mate Hamilton the fastest lap time in the third round. This gave Hamilton the pole position, his seventh already this season. He was followed by team mate Rosberg, Sebastian Vettel, Massa and Hülkenberg. Various penalties were doled out again: Daniil Kvyat received a ten-place grid penalty for exceeding his engine allocation, so did Daniel Ricciardo; Fernando Alonso received a ten-, two five-place and five-place grid penalties for unauthorised gearbox change and exceeding his power unit allocation; Jenson Button received a ten- and three five-place grid penalties for exceeding his power unit allocation.
Rosberg had a good start, overtaking team mate Hamilton right away. In the next turn, Kimi Raikkonen’s wheels spun and crashed into Fernando Alonso – a horrific accident, but luckily both drivers were unhurt. With both drivers out of the race, the safety car was deployed and Will Stevens also had to retire with an oil leak. The race was re-started in lap 7, with Rosberg in the lead, followed by Hamilton, Vettel and Massa. Right afterwards, Jenson Button retired from the race with electrical problems – a frustrating weekend for him and the second retirement in two races. By lap 17, the race order was: Rosberg, Hamilton, Vettel Massa, Hülkenberg and Bottas. However, Rosberg was not having a walk in the park, with Hamilton hot behind his heels. The next incident occurred in lap 34, with both Carlos Sainz Jr. and Romain Grosjean out with mechanical problems. That left only 14 drivers in the race. Vettel continued to be plagued with problems and a bad pit stop exasperated this situation. In lap 40, Hamilton was penalised for crossing the pit lane and received a five-second penalty. By lap 56, the standings had not changed, with Rosberg in the lead, followed by Hamilton, Massa, Vettel and Bottas. Vettel tried to get past Massa, but the Brazilian did not let that happen. In lap 67, Rosberg began complaining about vibrations, but luckily he was able to hold on and took the chequered flag. Hamilton came in second place and Massa managed to fend off Vettel and took third place.
The top four Drivers’ Championship standings again remained unchanged. Hamilton remained in first place with 169 points, but team mate Rosberg narrowed the gap with his win in Austria – with 159 points. Vettel remained in third place with 120 points and Raikkonen in fourth place with 72 points. Fifth place also remained unchanged with Bottas on 67 points. Four drivers have yet to score points, including Alonso.
In the Constructors’ Championship standings, the top four rankings remained unchanged again. The 1-2 finish yet again by Mercedes propelled them further ahead, with 328 points – an impressive 136 point lead. Ferrari remained in second place with 192 points, Williams-Mercedes in third place with 129 points and Red Bull in fourth place with 55 points. Force India-Mercedes moved up one position with their 6-9 finish, pushing Lotus-Mercedes down. Only one team has yet to score any points, Marussia-Ferrari.
Full Race Results
- Nico Rosberg (Mercedes) 1:30:16.930s
- Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) +8.800s
- Felipe Massa (Williams-Mercedes) +17.573s
- Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari) +18.181s
- Valtteri Bottas (Williams-Mercedes) +53.604s
- Nico Hülkenberg (Force India-Mercedes) +1:04.075s
- Pastor Maldonado (Lotus-Mercedes) +1 lap
- Max Verstappen (Toro Rosso-Renault) +1 lap
- Sergio Perez (Force India-Mercedes) +1 lap
- Daniel Ricciardo (Red Bull-Renault) +1 lap
- Felipe Nasr (Sauber-Ferrari) +1 lap
- Daniil Kvyat (Red Bull-Renault) +1 lap
- Marcus Ericsson (Sauber-Ferrari) +2 laps
- Roberto Merhi (Marussia-Ferrari) +3 laps
Romain Grosjean (Lotus-Mercedes) retired, lap 34
Carlos Sainz Jr. (Toro Rosso-Renault) retired, lap 34
Jenson Button (McLaren-Honda) retired, lap 7
Will Stevens (Marussia-Ferrari) retired, lap 0
Kimi Raikkonen (Ferrari) retired, lap 0
Fernando Alonso (McLaren-Honda) retired, lap 0