Lewis Hamilton survived a collision with his Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg in a wild final lap on Sunday as he claimed a dramatic victory in a pulsating Austrian Grand Prix. The defending three-time world championship leader who defended hard at Turn Two and drove into him. Rosberg forced Hamilton off the track, but the Briton rejoined, the pair touching briefly again, and pulled clear to win. Behind him, Rosberg suffered a damaged front wing and dropped back to finish fourth.
The collison concluded a titanic contest between the two Mercedes men after an incident-packed race that lefy Mercedes team bosses describing their drivers as ‘brainless’. Dutch teenager Max Verstappen claimed his second career podium finishing second for Red Bull ahead of third placed Finn Kimi Raikkonen for Ferrari.
The stewards announced an inquiry into Rosberg’s final lap collision for continuing with a damaged car as Hamilton was jeered by the crowd as he stod on the podium. Hamilton’s win ended Rosberg’s hopes of a third consecutive win and cut the German’s lead from 24 points to 11 ahead of next weekend’s British Grand Prix at Silverstone.