Formula One

 
         === Rosberg holds off teammate Hamilton to win Austrian GP ===
 
 Spielberg,  Austria (SportsNetwork.com) - Nico Rosberg from Mercedes increased
 his  points lead  in  the  world championship  standings  by winning  Sunday's
 Austrian  Grand Prix,  marking the first time Formula One has competed in this
 European country in 11 years.
 
 Rosberg,  who started third,  grabbed the lead for the first on lap 27 when he
 overtook  Force India's Sergio  Perez, who was the only driver that had yet to
 make  his initial  pit stop  at that  time. Rosberg  took command  from there,
 giving  up the  top spot just briefly  when he pitted for the second and final
 time on lap 41.
 
 In  the closing  laps, Lewis Hamilton attempted to catch Rosberg for the lead,
 trailing  his Mercedes teammate  by less than a second, but Rosberg went on to
 beat  Hamilton  at the  finish line  by 1.9 seconds  for his  third win of the
 season and the sixth of his F1 career.
 
 "It wasn't the easiest of races, trying to manage certain things with the car,
 but  at the end, I had a very, very fast car again, so it was fantastic to win
 today,"  Rosberg  said. "It's also  great to get a  1-2 [for Mercedes] here in
 Austria. It's been great to come back to Austria."
 
 Rosberg  now holds a  29-point lead over Hamilton -- the largest margin in the
 F1  championship standings this season. The 28-year-old German has finished no
 worse than second in the first eight grand prix in 2014.
 
 Rosberg  also surpassed  his father, Keke Rosberg, on F1's all-time wins list.
 Keke  Rosberg,  the 1982 world champion,  won five grand prix during his nine-
 year career in the sport.
 
 It  was  the sixth 1-2  finish for Mercedes this  season as well. Mercedes has
 accumulated  301 points  in the  constructors' title  standings, which  is 158
 points  more  than its closest competitor,  Red Bull Racing, which has won the
 last four constructors' championships.
 
 Hamilton  started ninth in  this race after he had failed to set a lap time in
 the  final round of  qualifying (Q3) on Saturday. The time on his first lap in
 Q3 was disallowed after he ran wide. He spun out on his second attempt.
 
 On  the opening lap of the race, Hamilton moved up five positions in the field
 to  fourth.  He was running  right behind Rosberg  after the completion of the
 first lap.
 
 "I  knew  I had  to pull something  special out  of the bag  to achieve what I
 wanted," Hamilton said. "I was really happy with the start, and after that, it
 was a really good, fun race."
 
 Valtteri  Bottas  from Williams made his  first podium appearance in F1 with a
 third-place  finish, while  his teammate, Felipe Massa, finished fourth. Massa
 and  Bottas had  qualified 1-2 for the  Austrian GP to give Williams its first
 front row sweep since 2003.
 
 "The  race  was exactly what we  needed at this point, clean, nice, everything
 went  well," Bottas  said. "The car was  good for podium this time, and I'm so
 happy."
 
 Red  Bull driver  and four-time defending F1 champion Sebastian Vettel retired
 on lap 36. Vettel lost power and slowed on the track during the second lap. He
 was able to restart his car but had fallen one lap behind. His team decided to
 retire just past the halfway point.
 
 "I  had a problem at the beginning of the race and then everything was back to
 normal, but there was no point running around with a lap down," Vettel said.
 
 Fernando  Alonso  from Ferrari  placed fifth,  while Perez  ended up in sixth.
 Perez  had to start from 15th due to a five-spot grid penalty that he received
 for  causing a collision with Massa during the final lap in the Canadian Grand
 Prix two weeks ago.
 
 Vettel's  teammate, Daniel Ricciardo, finished eighth after winning his maiden
 F1 grand prix in Canada.
 
 Ricciardo  and Vettel had  high hopes for this weekend, as the Austrian GP was
 the home race for Red Bull.
 
 Austrian  businessman Dietrich  Mateschitz, who  founded the  Red Bull  Energy
 Drink company in the mid-1980s, owns both the team and this 2.688-mile (4.326-
 kilometer), 9-turn racing circuit, The Red Bull Ring, in Spielberg.
 
 It  was the 27th time F1 has competed in Austria but the first since 2003 when
 Michael Schumacher scored the victory. The inaugural F1-sanctioned Austrian GP
 took  place  at Zeltweg Airfield  in 1964. The race  was then contested on the
 Osterreichring from 1970-87 and the A1-Ring from 1997-03.
 
 06/22 12:22:04 ET

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