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A tough weekend for Scuderia Ferrari in Austria

Lewis Hamilton started Sunday's Spielberg race from pole position, but it was Mercedes team mate Nico Rosberg who led into Turn 1. From there on the German never looked back, securing his third win of the season to reduce Hamilton's title advantage to just 10 points.

The world champion, also handicapped by a 5s time penalty for crossing the white line on the pit exit, took the flag 3.8s behind Rosberg, while Felipe Massa scored his first and Williams' second podium of the season in third.

No one could match the pace of the Mercedes cars. Sebastian Vettel tried his best, but lost third place when Ferrari's pit stop was delayed as the right rear wheel took longer than it should have to change. That was sufficient to drop him behind Massa's Williams, his chase after the Brazilian was one of the race's highlights, but he was unable to take the position back from Massa.

Kimi Raikkonen was involved in a frightening accident with Fernando Alonso on the opening lap, luckily with neither driver sustaining any injury.

Hamilton still leads the drivers' championship with 169 points to Rosberg's 159 and Vettel's 120, while in the constructors' stakes Mercedes have 328 points to Ferrari's 192 and Williams' 129.

Red Bull Ring

First Grand Prix - 1970
Number of Laps - 71
Circuit Length - 4.326KM
Race Distance - 307.02KM
Lap Record - 1:08.337 by Michael Schmacher (2003)

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