Lewis Hamilton
Hamilton cut Rosberg's championship lead but the race was not without controversy. Reuters


  • Hamilton and Rosberg crash twice on final lap but Briton prevails at Red Bull Ring.
  • Rosberg's lead in the drivers' championship cut to 11 points ahead of British Grand Prix.

Lewis Hamilton overhauled Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg on the final lap to claim a dramatic victory in the Austrian Grand Prix and close the gap in the drivers championship. Hamilton records the 250th victory by a British driver in Formula 1 after coming together with Rosberg twice during the last lap, with the damaged German limping home in fourth position.

Red Bull's Max Verstappen and Ferrari's Kimi Raikonnen complete the podium, but the drama occurred either side of them during a controversial end to a thrilling race at the Red Bull Ring. Rosberg led going into the last lap but a mistake out of turn one allowed Hamilton in, and though there was contact on two occasions damage to Rosberg's front wing saw his teammate pull away.

Victory means Hamilton cuts Rosberg's advantage in the championship to 11 points ahead of the British Grand Prix at Silverstone. Daniel Ricciardo of Red Bull, McLaren's Jenson Button and Hass F1's Sebastian Grojean also featured in the top 10 during a pulsating afternoon.

"What an incredible race that was, it was incredibly tough," Hamilton said at the podium interview. "This track is amazing. He made a mistake going into turn one, I had the opportunity togo down the outside going into turn two. I left a lot of room on the inside and I guess he locked up and crashed into me. I think he had a problem with his brakes."

Mercedes owner Toto Wolff told Sky Sports: "Brainless. It does not need a comment. We were marginal with the breaks, if not completely over. We could not tell the drivers. Rosberg defended very well hard and both cars colliding is upsetting. At the moment I don't know what I will say. We were on a one stop with Lewis, we thought that was a the better strategy because he was the leading car. It turned out it was too marginal."