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Jamie Strickland

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  1. Bye for now

    Austrian Grand Prix start

    Well that race was a lot of fun, in my humble opinion.

    It was a shame that we were denied a more competitive fight for victory due to Hamilton's five-second penalty, but the result keeps the title race more than interesting heading to Silverstone in a fortnight, with just 10 points between the Mercedes duo.

    For all the fears of Hamilton running and hiding this season, it's worth noting that Rosberg is just six points worse off that he was last year, when the title very much felt like a two-horse race. And three wins from four races more than suggests Rosberg can maintain his form.

    Even though we're signing off, be sure to check back on the site after 16:35 BST for video highlights of the race and that monster crash between Kimi Raikkonen and Fernando Alonso, which remains under investigation by the race stewards.

    Thanks for your company. We'll see you for the British Grand Prix.

    Alonso and Raikkonen
  2. Alonso earns unwanted record

    Fernando Alonso has been in F1 a long, long time, indeed he was the baby of the 2001 intake at just 20 years of age.

    Two world titles and 32 wins have followed in 14 seasons in the sport, but only today did he rack up a fourth consecutive retirement from a grand prix.

    His previous worst was three in a row, at the Austrian, Monaco and Canadian Grands Prix back in his debut 2001 season at Minardi.

    Fernando Alonso
    Alonso, Raikkonen, Montoya, Bernoldi
  3. Did Raikkonen simply lose it?

    Andrew Benson

    Chief F1 writer


    "Exactly what happened in the scary crash between Kimi Raikkonen and Fernando Alonso remains unclear, but replays are starting to emerge on the internet and one of them seems to suggest pretty definitively that Raikkonen simply lost it and turned sharp left into the McLaren.

    "Alonso said he felt a lack of grip from the Ferrari's tyres might be to blame: 'It was obviously quite scary. Kimi started with the prime tyre, which probably didn't help for the level of grip. He exited Turn Two with a lot of wheelspin so the car was moving. We were all overtaking him left and right and when he lost the car to the left I was on the left. We went both on the wall and I was lucky to not hit him on the head. I was braking but my wheels were in the air. Luckily we were both fine. I was in the wrong place. It was a very strange incident. He lost the car in fifth gear or something like that.'"

  4. Hamilton ties 45-year-old Stewart record

    He may not have won the race but Lewis Hamilton achieved a little milestone today as he led his 17th consecutive grand prix.

    That ties Sir Jackie Stewart's long-held record, the Scot achieving the feat while driving for Matra and Tyrrell in 1969-70.

    Jackie Stewart
  5. Get involved - #bbcf1

    David Redmond: Thought that race was one of the better ones this season. Fair play to Rosberg blew Hamilton away.

    Bishop Yinkus: Hate to admit it but credit to Nico despite giving Hamilton pole, he still stormed forward and won.

    Nick: At least swearing on the podium makes the sport a smidge more exciting...

    Lovely use of the word smidge there.

    ros arse
  6. Maldonado finding consistency

    Did I say he was coming good or what?

    Pastor Maldonado - he of the completely hatstand overtaking manoeuvre at the end of that race - has now finished in the points in each of the last two races.

    That's the same amount as he managed in his previous 45 races.

  7. Updated constructors' standings

  8. Updated drivers' standings

  9. Final timing screen

  10. Driver reaction

    Williams driver Felipe Massa reacts to the 40th podium of his career: "It's great people here supporting. It was a fantastic race today. We managed to get Sebastian with his pit problem and pass him there. I understood that at the end of the race he would be behind me because they were one or two tenths quicker every lap. But I managed to keep the line and just use the experience."

    Felipe Massa
  11. Driver reaction

    Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton reacts to his second-place finish: "Nico did a fantastic job today. he was quicker during the race. I had a bad start which lost me ground. In the second stint it was just about making the distance so that's what we tried to do."

    Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg
  12. Driver reaction

    Race winner Nico Rosberg speaking on the podium: "It's an awesome feeling to win again here. The start made the race. It was a great start and I managed to defend in the first couple of corners. I was really happy with the car and to see the gap open up to Lewis."

    Nico Rosberg
  13. Fortieth career podium Massa

    All-round good guy Felipe Massa has reached a nice milestone today, his 40th career podium. Well done that man.

    His first came for Ferrari at the 2006 European Grand Prix.

  14. Gerhard Berger doing podium interviews

    It took him around 15 seconds to swear.

    Then he called Nico 'Lewis'.

    What a madman.

  15. Post update

    Force India on Twitter: Ten points for us today to go into 5th place in the Constructors' Championship! Good day of hunting today!

  16. Post update

    Toro Rosso on Twitter: "The car was great, finally some points again!" says a happy Max Verstappen as he crosses the line in P8. A great effort Max!

    Max Verstappen
  17. Get involved - #bbcf1

    Jamie Squibbs: Happy for Massa. Bit lucky with Vettel's slow pit-stop but a great drive for a great podium.

    Nobody'sOpinion: Would have liked to have seen a dogfight between Rosberg & Hamilton towards the end of the race especially with Rosberg having an edge on pace.

    Nick Bennetts: Not a fantastic GP, but it was far more exciting than Canada.

  18. Final result

    1 Rosberg, 2 Hamilton, 3 Massa, 4 Vettel, 5 Bottas, 6 Hulkenberg, 7 Maldonado, 8 Verstappen, 9 Perez, 10 Ricciardo, 11 Nasr, 12 Kvyat, 13 Ericsson, 14 Merhi

    Retired: Grosjean, Sainz, Button, Stevens, Raikkonen, Alonso

  19. Post update

    David Coulthard

    BBC F1 co-commentator

    "I think Nico is so happy he can barely get out of the car. He has had the pace all weekend. Hamilton is one of the greats there's no question about it. If you look at the greats, they didn't beat their team mates all the time."

    Nico Rosberg
  20. Post update

    David Coulthard

    BBC F1 co-commentator

    "Lewis will take it of course but second is not a reason for a party. Funnily enough, position three is because that was not expected for Williams."

  21. Rosberg makes it three wins out of four

    So that is Nico Rosberg's third win of the season and second in a row at this track.

    It's his 11th career victory and sees him close back to within 10 points of Lewis Hamilton at the head of the drivers' standings.

    He has now won three of the last four races.

    The German has thoroughly deserved this one. He's been brilliant all weekend and - qualifying aside - has always seemed to have the legs on the world champion.

    Nico Rosberg
  22. Mercedes team radio

    Nico Rosberg: "Yeah, guys! Yes! Come on, guys."

  23. Hamilton settles for second

    In the end Hamilton took the flag 3.8s behind Rosberg (that becomes 8.8 with the time penalty added), with Massa 17 seconds back.

  24. Massa holds on for final podium place

    Brilliant from Massa, he holds on for third just ahead of Vettel.

  25. Chequered flag


    Nico Rosberg
  26. Toro Rosso team radio

    Verstappen: "Tyres are completely gone."

  27. Maldonado: Legend

    Pastor has just pulled off a ludicrous move on Vertappen.

    He was practically sideways as he moved out from the slipstream of the Toro Rosso and somehow held on to the car.

    Verstappen then sailed off track, allowing the Venezuelan through. He's now seventh.

  28. Two laps to go

    Rosberg leads by just under five seconds from Hamilton, Massa in third is under intense pressure from Vettel for third.

    Felipe Massa
  29. Mercedes team radio

    Team to Nico Rosberg: "Is it [the vibration] under braking? Or all the time?"

    Rosberg: "All the time. All the time. Not a flat spot. It's the tyre. All eyes on that. All eyes on that."

  30. Vettel has a go

    Vettel has fired the first shot in his battle with Massa, stuffing his nose up the inside of the Williams into three. The Brazilian stays ahead. Just.

  31. Mercedes team radio

    Nico Rosberg: "Vibration getting stronger and stronger on the right front."

    He remains comfortably ahead of team-mate Hamilton, who also has a five-second penalty to be added.

  32. Vettel ups ante

    Vettel is right on Massa now.

    Half a second his the gap. All eyes on this battle.

  33. Maldonado on the up

    Pastor Maldonado has become a much steadier pair of hands in recent times.

    He raced very well in Canada to score his first points of the season and he doing the same again today. He's all over Verstappen in the battle for sixth and it looks only a matter of time before the Lotus passes the Toro Rosso.

    Also, if he sees the chequered flag today he'll make it 100 days without a crash.

    Has Pastor crash
    Image caption: Has Pastor crashed today?
  34. Ricciardo takes Nasr

    And the Red Bull man is into the points.

    Slim pickings for the team at their home race, and not anything that's going to improve the mood of Dietrich Mateschitz.

  35. Fastest laps (as of lap 50)

  36. Get involved - praise for Pastor #bbcf1

    Sibande Lawrence: A tricky circuit like this one. It's nice to see Mr Maldonado not crashing... YET.

    Adam: Very impressed with Maldonado driving right now. Great pass on Ricciardo.

  37. All eyes on...

    Ben Edwards

    BBC F1 commentator

    "It's the gap between the Williams and Ferrari that everyone is turning their attention to. Can Massa withstand the pressure from Vettel? The gap is still 2.0 seconds on that last lap."

  38. Post update

    Fernando Alonso on Twitter: From 19 to 14 in two corners... the rest... Impossible to avoid the car of Kimi when lost control... Glad to see we are all ok!!

  39. LAP 59 - top 10

    1 Rosberg, 2 Hamilton (+6.3secs), 3 Massa, 4 Vettel, 5 Bottas, 6 Hulkenberg, 7 Verstappen, 8 Maldonado, 9 Perez, 10 Nasr.

  40. 'I saw a car under my car'

    McLaren driver Fernando Alonso, on his crash with Kimi Raikkonen on lap one: "It was obviously quite scary. The start was very good. Kimi had a lot of wheel spin out of turn two. We were overtaking him and he lost the car on the left. I was on the left. I could not see anything. I looked in the mirror and saw a car under my car. I jumped quickly to see he was OK. I saw he was so was happy."

    Fernando Alonso's McLaren is craned off
    Fernando Alonso hitches a ride back to the pits
  41. A tweeting frenzy

    Some 39,000 tweets on the hashtag #AustrianGP have filtered through in the last three hours but unsurprisingly it was the Alonso-Raikkonen crash on lap one that prompted a spike in social media activity.

    This image has been retweeted over 1,600 times.

    It's a cracker to be fair. I think this is the third time we've used it.

  42. Vettel applying pressure to Massa

    The race for victory looks settled with Hamilton's five-second penalty rather scuppering that one, so the battle for third is taking on greater importance.

    It's a good one too. The Williams of Massa is the incumbent at present, but the Ferrari of Vettel - who lost the position at a slow pit stop - is closing in.

    The gap is 2.4sec and this could be a duel to the flag.

  43. Great battle for eighth

    Pastor Maldonado and Daniel Ricciardo have just had a nice duel for eighth place, the dice starting at the back end of lap 50 and continuing into the first turns of the next, the Lotus eventually getting the job done into turn two.

    "Good job, Pastor," comes the message from the team on the radio.

    At the end of the 51st lap, Ricciardo comes in for his stop, serving his five-second penalty as he does so.

    Pastor Maldonado
  44. Perez into points

    Sergio Perez of Force India takes 10th from the Sauber of Felipe Nasr.

  45. Mercedes team radio

    Team to Nico Rosberg: "The debris has been dislodged - aero balance should be back to normal."

    Not sure of the source of that little drama, but his lap times did not seem to suffer.

    Nico Rosberg
  46. Get involved - #bbcf1

    Sean Harrison: Apart from Q3 yesterday, this has been a scruffy weekend from Hamilton.

    Steve Bradley: Petty rules & penalties utterly ruining F1. Fans want to see men racing. What next? 500 lines and detentions?

    Chris Miller: Wonder who Lewis will blame for his error this week?

  47. Vettel foot down

    Ben Edwards

    BBC F1 commentator

    "Vettel, trying to close that gap on Massa in third after his awful pit stop, is picking up some pace and was the quickest driver in the middle sector on that last lap."

    Just four seconds separate them in the battle for the final podium place.

    Sebastian Vettel
  48. LAP 44 - top 10

    1 Rosberg, 2 Hamilton (+6.012), 3 Massa, 4 Vettel, 5 Bottas, 6 Hulkenberg, 7 Verstappen, 8 Ricciardo, 9 Kvyat, 10 Nasr

  49. Hard-wearing boots

    Daniel Ricciardo is up to eighth in the Red Bull - but that position flatters him as he is the only man yet to make a stop today, 44 laps into this race.

  50. Mercedes team radio

    Team to Lewis Hamilton: "Lewis, we have a penalty for crossing the white line on pit exit."

  51. Hamilton's penalty

    David Coulthard

    BBC F1 co-commentator

    "If he now wants to win the Grand Prix he need stop be five seconds further up the track than Rosberg. That seems unlikely.

    "I wonder then if Mercedes, in the interest of reliability, have both of their cars turned down."

  52. Hamilton gets five-second penalty

    Hamilton will indeed get a penalty for crossing the line on pit exit. Five seconds will be added to his race time.

  53. Post update

    Allan McNish

    BBC Radio 5 live analyst

    "They are dropping like flies now."

  54. Retirements mount up

    We've lost two more cars in the last few minutes.

    Carlos Sainz has lost power in the Toro Rosso and is out of his car.

    Romain Grosjean, likewise, has pulled into the pits and hops out.

    Six retirements. Practically unheard of these days.

    Austrian Grand Prix
  55. Hamilton under investigation

    Lewis Hamilton's afternoon could be about to get tougher. He's under investigation for crossing the white line at the pit exit.

    Replays suggest he got a little loose coming out of the pits and just strayed over.

    Lewis Hamilton
  56. Terrible stop for Vettel

    Sebastian Vettel has just lost a huge amount of time in the pits with his Ferrari team encountering trouble with his right-rear at his pit stop. A sticking wheel gun.

    He loses third to Massa.

  57. 'Timed to perfection'

    David Coulthard

    BBC F1 co-commentator

    "Rosberg delivered the fastest lap of the Grand Prix. That was timed to perfection."

    The German leads, reclaiming the lead as Hamilton left the pit lane.

  58. Hamilton in

    Slower stop, 3.1secs stationary, he charges out of the pits but on the track Rosberg is comfortably through and back into the lead.

    That wasn't even close. Rosberg did a quickest lap of the race on his new tyres - 1:11.2 - so he earned the luxury of that nice gap to his team-mate.

    Rosberg has been very impressive today and this weekend.

  59. Post update

    Will Stevens on Twitter: Well that's a shame! Was looking forward to that race as was going to be a good one! Hopefully more luck in Silverstone!!

  60. Rosberg pits

    David Coulthard

    BBC F1 co-commentator

    "The only thing Hamilton can do when he gets that clean air is give it everything. He has been the quickest car over the last few laps. This could be close."

    Rosberg is exiting the pits.

  61. Rosberg pits

    This is so important, 2.7secs stationary for the erstwhile race leader.

    All eyes on Lewis Hamilton now. He was seven tenths quicker on the previous lap.

    Can he get the jump here? The result could hinge on it.

  62. Top 10 and gaps

  63. Toro Rosso team radio

    Carlos Sainz: "Engine failure or something. No power, no power."

  64. 'You just have to hang on'

    Former world champion Nigel Mansell has sympathy for Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button...

    Nigel Mansell tweet
  65. Penalty for Sainz

    Toro Rosso's Carlos Sainz has been handed a five-second penalty for speeding in the pit lane.

    If he doesn't need to stop again, it will be added to his final race time.

  66. Post update

    Ferrari on Twitter: Kimi in the garage with the engineers...

    Looking well, considering...

    Kimi Raikkonen's Ferrari is picked up
  67. Hamilton coming back

    Slowly, slowly Hamilton is coming back at Rosberg.

    Gap is now 3.1secs. Vettel in third is 12 seconds back.

  68. Get involved - #bbcf1

    Shohidur Rahman: Hamilton has no answer to Rosberg. First time this year that's been the case.

    Christopher: Rosberg is absolutely flying...

    Shane Daly: We need some rain, please, please, please let it rain.

    Nico Rosberg
  69. Hulkenberg gets Bottas back

    The pit stops have worked for Force India and Hulkenberg.

    After losing that place to Bottas, the German got it back when the Finn came in for his a lap later, the two battling on the run down to turn two before the Force India emerged ahead.

  70. 'I don't know what the problem is'

    McLaren driver Jenson Button speaks to BBC Sport on his retirement from the race: "The team said I had to do some switch changes on the car. I tried but made no difference. I don't think there's anything broken. I don't know what the problem is."

    Jenson Button

    On the first lap accident which ended Kimi Raikkonen's and Fernando Alonso's race: "The accident looked like Kimi tried to get on the power, went one way, tried to correct and went the other way. A horrible accident. I'm glad they are OK. A pity for us as it'll make the test a lot trickier next week."

  71. Bottas climbs to fifth

    Brilliant from Bottas in the Williams.

    He sweeps around the outside of Hulkenberg in turn three and is up to fifth place.

    Hulkenberg immediately pits in the Force India.

  72. Post update

    Jennie Gow

    BBC Radio 5 live pit-lane reporter

    "Fernando Alonso has had to go to the medical centre after that crash."

  73. Rosberg lead out to four second

    Rosberg just took 1.1secs out of Hamilton on that lap.

    He's looked good around here all this weekend and of course was the winner here a year ago.

    Rosberg just showing his class or a problem for Hamilton?

  74. Post update

    McLaren on Twitter: A brief and very disappointing Austrian GP for the team. Time to get our heads down for testing and Silverstone.

  75. Post update

    David Coulthard

    BBC F1 co-commentator

    "Hamilton is losing time in the middle sector. That's where he lost half a second on the last lap. The gap now up to 2.6 seconds."

  76. Ericsson does the hokey-cokey

    He's in, he's out, he's in again.

    Odd moment for Ericsson's Sauber there. He crawled to a near halt on the main straight and looked to be out, but his car reset itself and got going again.

    Switch it off and switch it back on again, I believe is the saying.

    On he goes.

  77. Post update

    Force India on Twitter: Big display of strategic and defensive driving by Checo. He's been repelling Grosjean's attacks for a good 10 laps now!

  78. Rosberg pulls away again

    On lap 20 Rosberg goes half a second quicker than Hamilton.


  79. Rosberg sets fastest lap

    The battle between the front two is heating up.

    A new fastest lap for Rosberg of 1:12.001. Gap is over two seconds now.

  80. Post update

    David Coulthard

    BBC F1 co-commentator

    "Hamilton is keeping Rosberg honest and keeping the pressure on. What is disappointing is Vettel has dropped six seconds behind Hamilton so it seems the Ferrari does not have any challenge."

  81. Mercedes team radio

    Team to Lewis Hamilton: "Good job there Lewis. Close that gap nice and steady."

  82. Post update

    Jennie Gow

    BBC Radio 5 live pit-lane reporter

    "Alonso has some sore knees after that accident with Raikkonen."

    Not surprising!

  83. Gap at the front...

    is fairly constant at just under two seconds.

    Nice game of cat-and-mouse here.

    The laps just before and after the Mercedes drivers' pit stops will be key.

    Lewis Hamilton chases Nico Rosberg
  84. Williams team radio

    Team to Valtteri Bottas: "Great overtake."

    The Williams man has just got past Max Verstappen into turn two and is now sixth.

  85. Post update

    Manor on Twitter: Will's problem appears to be an oil leak, although we will need to get the car back to fully diagnose & understand the cause.

    Will Stevens
  86. Grosjean runs wide

    Been a scrappy start for Lotus driver Romain Grosjean.

    He's just run very wide through the penultimate turn but recovers the track.

    He's already had a big clash of wheels with Toro Rosso's Carlos Sainz in which he lost a couple of places.

    The Frenchman is running 11th.

    Romain Grosjean
  87. Get involved - Button retires #bbcf1

    Jeremiah: Jenson has served his purpose! To serve the penalty and retire the car. Not sure he managed his objective of collecting data!

    Mihail Nesterovich: That was a really short testing session for McLaren today!

    Jonny Green: Something must change at McLaren. Another double DNF. A team that didn't exist at start of year has better reliability!

  88. We have no 5B

    David Coulthard

    BBC F1 co-commentator

    "We know that there was radio communication between Jenson and his engineer. The engineer said 'Jenson, select 5B.' Jenson replied 'there is no 5B.'

    "The head of Honda is in the pit lane visiting McLaren. At least he'll have time to get to know the drivers."

  89. Penalty for Ericsson

    Ericsson has duly been found guilty of jumping the start and will have to serve a drive-through penalty.

  90. McLaren team radio

    Team to Jenson Button: "Box this lap."

  91. Jump start by Ericsson?

    Sauber's Marcus Ericsson is under investigation for jumping the start. He's down in 15th at present.

    Marcus Ericsson
  92. Button going slow

    Did I say run to the flag?

    That was optimistic.

    Button's cruising around in that fragile McLaren Honda and his race looks run.

  93. Formula 1 on Twitter

    The hashtag #AustrianGP is among the most popular worldwide in the last hour, thanks in no small part to that frenetic start.

    A shade under 15,000 tweets have used the hashtag since just after midday. #FathersDay is the top worldwide trend. Formula 1 would have to really go some to topple that today.

  94. Button serves penalty

    OK, Button has served his grid penalty.

    The McLaren driver will now try to run all the way through to the flag.

  95. Get involved - #bbcf1

    Vasyl Mylko: Raikkonen called for more dangerous F1? He did it. Very dangerous for him for sure.

    Philip Aston: OUCH!!! Never seen such an incident at turn 2 on the first lap! That's a crunching. What lucky escapes.

    Pogba: With Lewis behind Nico expect some exciting action. Get the safety car off let's go racing...

  96. Racing again

    Safety car in.

    We're racing again and Rosberg has comfortably held his lead from Hamilton.

    Safety car
  97. Safety car in this lap

    Nico Rosberg leads from Lewis Hamilton
  98. Button in for tyres

    Jenson Button has been in for new tyres having early spoken of debris on track. He's got new softs on but was not able to serve his 10-second stop-and-go.

  99. Post update

    Manor on Twitter: Will has a problem and that is the end of his race.

  100. A destructive start

    Ben Edwards

    BBC F1 commentator

    "We have lost three cars already from the Grand Prix. That's as many as I think we lost in the entirety of last year's race."

    No more Fernando Alonso, no more Kimi Raikkonen, no more Will Stevens.

  101. LAP 5 - top 10

    Running under the safety car, the order is:

    1 Rosberg, 2 Hamilton, 3 Vettel, 4 Massa, 5 Hulkenberg, 6 Verstappen, 7 Bottas, 8 Nasr, 9 Sainz, 10 Grosjean

  102. Busy start

    In among all that excitement we have also had the Red Bull of Kvyat into the pits for a new nose, while the Manor of Will Stevens has parked up and retired.

    Three cars out already.

  103. 'They are both very lucky'

    Former world champion Nigel Mansell tweets: "They are looking back at car thinking wow we both walked away, I would say they are very lucky."

  104. More on Alonso, Raikkonen tangle

    Replays suggest that Raikkonen's Ferrari got loose as he accelerated out of turn two - cold tyres? - and got a tank-slapper on.

    As the speed was scrubbed off the Ferrari he was collected by Alonso running close behind, the two cars becoming entwined as they collided with the barriers on the left of the track, with the McLaren riding up on the sidepod and monocoque of the Ferrari.

    Raikkonen was lucky to escape injury there.

  105. McLaren team radio

    Jenson Button: "Is Fernando OK? Is Fernando OK?"

  106. Post update

    David Coulthard

    BBC F1 co-commentator

    "There will be a safety car but will they have to suspend the race now to get the recovery vehicles in."

  107. Post update

    David Coulthard

    BBC F1 co-commentator

    "This is great stuff. We knew Rosberg had to go with it. It's reaction time against Hamilton, the born racer."

  108. Safety car

  109. Big, big accident

    Alonso and Raikkonen have had a massive crash on the run out of turn two. Safety car is out.

    Not sure what has gone on yet but the McLaren of Alonso is ON TOP of Raikkonen's Ferrari by the side of the road.

    Both drivers out and OK.

    Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen
  110. Green lights out!

    Rosberg gets the jump on Hamilton into the first corner.

    Crucial move.

    Nico Rosberg takes the lead
  111. Formation grid starts

    Off we go.

    Lewis Hamilton leads the grid away.

    Everyone on the supersoft bar Maldonado, Perez, Raikkonen abd Ricciardo, who are on the softs.

  112. Get involved - race predictions #bbcf1

    Charles Curtis Butale: Kimi is going to enjoy this race, prepare to watch perfect overtaking.

    Vicky: Hulkenburg needs to carry his momentum from Le Mans into F1. He has shown he can race!

    Richard Parfitt: F1 is starting to feel a little bit like the London Marathon, where half the field are just happy if they be there and get to the end.

  113. Short space, lots of action...

    Mercedes tweet:"It's a 185 metre sprint from start line to turn one. Not a long one here but room enough for any lightning starters..."

  114. Lotus expected better

    Andrew Benson

    Chief F1 writer

    "Lotus had looked pretty competitive all weekend and Romain Grosjean duly made it into final qualifying in ninth place, only to not be able to run because of a hydraulic leak. Not without reason, he believed he could have been in with a shout of fifth place, which was eventually occupied by Nico Hulkenberg's Force India."

    Romain Grosjean during qualifying for the Austrian Grand Prix
  115. Post update

    Williams on Twitter: Nine minutes to the start of the Austrian GP and this is the view to T1...

  116. Get involved - Did your dad get you into F1? #bbcf1

    Tracie Louise: Most definitely! It was a Sunday ritual growing up! Now I ring every time a race is on to discuss it! My kids are now forced to watch.

    Mandy J: He got me hooked!! We have shared the same obsession now for around 40 years. Got him a Silverstone ticket for Father's Day

    Pete O: My dad used to have the GP on as he served Sunday dinner growing up through Senna, Mansell, and Schumi. I'm sure my dad would've still loved it today.

  117. Prost the record winner in Austria

    Four-time champion Alain Prost holds the record for the most wins in Austria with three, in 1983, 1985 and 1986.

    Here he is pictured atop the podium after winning for McLaren in '86, flanked by Ferrari duo Michele Alboreto and Stefan Johansson.

    Prost, Alboreto, Johansson
  118. One-stop race expected

    Andrew Benson

    Chief F1 writer

    Valtteri Bottas brings his Williams F1 car into the pits

    "It's looking very much like a one-stop race. A two-stop is pretty much the same race time, but there is a greater risk of being stuck in traffic. Tyre degradation is very low, although there is a risk of graining - where the surface of the tyre tears and then the pieces of rubber get stuck to the surface, reduction grip - on both the left rear and right front.

    "The stops should be around the mid-20s in terms of laps. For those outside the top 10, starting on the 'soft' tyre will be tempting, as it gives them the opportunity to run long into the race before stopping, and gaining track position. It does not look like rain at this stage, but the teams say the weather forecasts have been unreliable."

  119. Hulkenberg wants to do some 'damage'

    Sahara Force India driver Niko Hulkenberg tells BBC Sport what he hopes to do this afternoon: "Hopefully more damage. There will be some real quick cars pushing from behind but I'm ready for comeback. I hope the guys at the back won't appear in my mirrors. Hopefully we should be on for a good result and some more points."

    The German starts from fifth on the grid.

    Force India F1 driver Nico Hulkenberg
  120. Eight world titles - and some strapping lads

    Three sons of three F1 greats in one picture for you now.

    We have 1996 world champion Damon Hill, son of two-time champion Graham, in the middle, below him is Paul Stewart, who later ran the Stewart GP team alongside three-time champion father Sir Jackie, and at right we have David Brabham, youngest of three racing sons of three-time F1 champion Sir Jack.

    Some great sponsors on show here too...

    Damon Hill, Paul Stewart, David Brabham
  121. Hulkenberg and Verstappen impress

    Andrew Benson

    Chief F1 writer

    "Star performer in qualifying? Apart from the pole man, it had to be a toss-up between Force India's Nico Hulkenberg and Toro Rosso's Max Verstappen in fifth and seventh places. The German is still riding the wave of euphoria that came with winning on his Le Mans debut last weekend and was quick whether in the wet or dry, and well clear of team-mate Sergio Perez all weekend.

    Nico Hulkenberg in his Force India during qualifying for the Austrian Grand Prix

    "Verstappen, meanwhile, was spectacular in the rain in first qualifying, consistently setting fastest times and ending up fourth. To be the fastest of the four Red Bull drivers in a very tricky session was a great achievement. Team-mate Carlos Sainz, who has been just as impressive this season, was even faster in the wet in Q1, but his decision to choose a set-up tilted at the possibility of a wet race left him 0.8secs off Verstappen in Q2. 'I hope it rains on Sunday,' the Spaniard said, 'because if not it will be a very complicated race due to the downforce level we've chosen.'"

    Max Verstappen leaves the pits for qualifying ahead of the Austrian Grand Prix
  122. Re-live fight for pole

    Yesterday's battle for pole position was a cracker.

    Re-live it here.

  123. Post update

    Sahara Force India tweet: Nearly time to head to the grid. Incredible atmosphere in the garage at this time - tension, excitement, focus all at once!

  124. Get involved - F1 Father's Day #bbcf1

    Do you have your old man to thank for getting you into F1?

    Ben Ashcroft: Certainly do, spent most Sundays of my childhood sat watching "those red cars" on the TV.

    Lewis Duncan: Thanks to him putting his model cars and bikes in my room when I was little, I became a motorsport fan.

    Emma: Been watching F1 with my Dad since I was small, 25+ years on we're still going to Goodwood & Silverstone together.

  125. Father's Day: The De Villotas' battle to make it in F1

    Spain's Emilio de Villota battled gamely to carve out an F1 career in the late 1970s and early 80s, but could never quite land a competitive drive.

    Between 1976 and 1982 he entered 15 grands prix, qualifying just twice - in Spain and Austria in 1977.

    Marussia driver Maria De Villota of Spain poses next to her father former formula one driver Emilio de Villota

    Daughter Maria raced in numerous series including Spanish F3 and Formula Palmer Audi before eventually earning an F1 test for Renault in 2011.

    In 2012 she joined Marussia as a test driver but would suffer serious head injuries in an outing at Duxford Aerodrome in July of that same year. She sadly died in October 2013 as a consequence of the neurological injuries she suffered in that crash.

    Emilo De Villota
  126. In the papers...

    "I was listening to 'Help' by the Beatles before qualifying. I need help, they are too quick."

    Those are the words of Sebastian Vettel in the Sun on Sunday's lead Formula 1 article.

    "Generally the Mercedes powered cars can turn up the performance," he added.

    Sebastian vettel

    Vettel's last win came in Malaysia on 29 March.

  127. Get involved - race predictions #bbcf1

    As always we want to hear from you throughout the race. Whether it's a moan or groan, a moment of unrelenting joy, or something you just can't keep you yourself.

    For now let's have your race predictions. Will there be any surprises on the podium? Can McLaren pull off a half decent result?

    There's no judgement here folks. Let it out...

    Get involved on Twitter using #bbcf1 or leave your comment on the BBC Sport Facebook page.

  128. McLaren set for long afternoon

    "Much as at the last race in Montreal, Austria has been a tale of woe for McLaren, with reliability problems - both before this race and at it - leading to 25-place grid penalties for both Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button. Yes, you read that right, 25 places. Austria is not a good track for a car that has a strong chassis but a weak engine and Alonso and Button took 15th and 17th, which means a back of the grid start and an early drive-through for the Spaniard and a 10-second stop-and-go for Button.

    "But Alonso, who has generally been a picture of positivity all year, retained his bright outlook, saying that the new short nose-based aerodynamic upgrade had worked.

    Fernando Alonso during the driver parade ahead of the Austrian Grand Prix

    "'The car felt more competitive this weekend in the corners,' the two-time champion said, 'but unfortunately it is a very high power-effect circuit so we cannot maximise the new aero package but we are moving in the right direction so it is so far very positive.

    "Alonso and McLaren very much see the race as an attempt to gather data on the car in their bid to have a more competitive second half of the season."

  129. Father's Day: A brace of flying Dutchmen

    The newest father-son F1 driver dynasty is provided by the Verstappens, with young Max currently carving out quite a reputation for himself at Toro Rosso.

    The 17-year-old became the sport's youngest ever driver when he made his debut in March and went on to break the record for the youngest ever driver to score points by more than two years when he finished seventh in Malaysia.

    Dad Jos made his F1 debut with Benetton in 1994 and went on to contest 106 races through to the end of the 2003 season.

    He finished on the podium twice, back-to-back third places in Hungary and Belgium in his debut season, but would score just seven additional points over the next seven years.

    Max Verstappen
  130. Get involved - race predictions #bbcf1

    The Benare: Rosberg is fast so Vettel will struggle to get past. Race ends with the top 3 as it started.

    Andrew Priestley: Nico is going to throw himself up the inside of Lewis' car into turn one given half the chance. He'll be sore after yesterday's spin.

    Nick Bennetts: There hasn't been a great race so far this year. Rain today might make this one great.

  131. A word of warning

    I need to declare here that I watched Rush last night, which I'm sure you don't need me to tell you tells the awesome tale (with a few artistic liberties taken) of the 1976 world title battle between James Hunt and Niki Lauda.

    So basically what I'm saying is that if today's race doesn't throw up a shed load of canoodling, fist fights, swearing and crashes, I'm going to be hugely disappointed and grumpy.

    Hunt and Lauda
  132. In the papers...

    The Mail on Sunday's Jonathan McEvoy does not have many nice things to say about Formula 1 this morning.

    In reference to the two 25-place grid penalties handed to Jenson Button and Fernando Alonso he writes: "The FIA handed out a sheet explaining the decision in language that went beyond jargon into impenetrable technical gobbledegook.

    "It could not have been more inaccessible if it had been written in Ionic Greek. This reinforces the notion that Formula 1 is disappearing up its own exhaust pipe."

    Jenson Button in the Mail on Sunday

    Alonso and Button have been punished for engine changes.

  133. Post update

    Mark Webber on Twitter:Hey Jenson - poke the penalty in the first few laps bud. Just bloody stay out and have a little race. Otherwise blue flags all day...

  134. Father's Day: Two stars, one magnificent 'tache

    Your next father's day duo is Keke and Nico Rosberg.

    Father Keke won the world title in 1982 and won five races in a 114-race career taking in spells at Fittipaldi, Williams and McLaren.

    Son Nico entered F1 with Williams in 2006 and has since contested 173 grand prix, winning 10 times for Mercedes.

    Nico and Keke Rosberg
    Keke Rosberg
  135. 'I thought we were closer'

    Andrew Benson

    Chief F1 writer

    "Ferrari had looked to be pretty much a match for Mercedes through Friday practice but, as is so often the case, come qualifying Mercedes stretched their legs and were just out of reach. How did Sebastian Vettel feel about the expectation that he might split the Mercedes coming to nothing? He answered with a rude word, before saying: "I thought so too. I thought we were closer, but the gap to Williams and Force India was smaller than it was in practice and the gap to Mercedes was bigger. We know they turn their engine up for qually, which doesn't help. But I am happy with third.'

    Sebastian Vettel

    "As for his chances in the race, Vettel said: 'Usually from Saturday to Sunday we seem to be able to come the gap a bit. Hopefully the same thing happens and the race pace is good. The two left-handers in the second section are quite tricky, you need to be happy with the car around here, and I am. Hopefully we can put some pressure on them.'

    "Vettel's team-mate Kimi Raikkonen was a very unhappy man after what he said was a team communication mix-up meant he ended up 18th and knocked out in Q1. The various penalties mean the Finn starts 14th."

  136. Father's Day: Williams keep it in the family

    F1 dynasties are not restricted to drivers - team owners like to get involved too.

    Eponymous team owner Sir Frank Williams has taken such a path, and in recent years has ceded more and more control of the nine-time constructors' champions to daughter Claire.

    Frank and Claire Williams
  137. Post update

    Jenson Button on Twitter: Happy Father's Day to my number one supporter. Miss you Dad. #RIP

  138. Today's revised grid: 11-20

  139. Today's revised grid: 1-10

  140. Speaking of the grid penalties...

    Austrian Grand Prix pit lane

    The tiresome issue of grid penalties is already taking up too much of everyone's time, so all I will try and be brief here.

    McLaren duo Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button each have 25-place grid penalties (a combined today of 50 places, of which they will serve seven. Go figure), while Red Bull's Daniil Kvyat and Daniel Ricciardo both have 10-place penalties.

    In addition, Ricciardo must serve a five-second penalty at his first stop, Alonso a 10-second drive through, and Button a 10-second stop-go.


  141. Ecclestone wants to look at sporting regs

    Andrew Benson

    Chief F1 writer

    "Those who are confused or annoyed by the number of penalties that are handed out in F1 at the moment have a powerful ally, it has emerged.

    "Bernie Ecclestone has expressed his frustration with the situation, too. 'I think we need to have a very, very, very good look at all our sporting regulations,' F1's commercial boss said. 'Don't go over the white line, don't do this, don't do that, if you change your engine you go back 20 places… The public don't understand and when they do understand they don't care.'

    Bernie Ecclestone speaks to reporters ahead of the Austrian Grand Prix

    "Ecclestone also played down the threat of Red Bull leaving F1. 'I don't think so,' he said. 'I know Mr Mateschitz very well. There'd be more chance of him pulling out if he was winning than when he was losing. They're disappointed, aren't they? What they are saying is: 'It's not our fault that our performance is what it is'. He (Mateschitz) is a bit frustrated. He's spent a lot of money, does a good job and has been fantastic for Formula 1. It doesn't mean that because he's falling out of love he wants a divorce. He just needs a new girlfriend.'"

  142. Post update

    Lotus on Twitter: Weather update... Will it or won't it rain today?

  143. Father's Day: Villeneuve's chip off the old block

    Here's a wonderful picture.

    Gilles Villeneuve, six-time grand prix winner for Ferrari and one F1's most naturally gifted drivers, with his family in 1979.

    The young scamp pretending to drive is an eight-year-old Jacques Villeneuve, who 18 years later would become world champion with Williams.

  144. Solid dad work

    Lotus driver Romain Grosjean reminds us where it all began on Instagram with an image of his father pumping up a tyre on a kart in the Frenchman's early racing days.

    "Happy Father's Day dad," writes Grosjean.

    Romain Grosjean's dad
  145. Speaking of dads...

    Christian Danner, Riccardo Patrese, Gerhard Berger, Niki Lauda, Jean Alesi, Nelson Piquet, Pierluigi Martini and Alain Prost

    Here's a few fellows that must have churned out a fair number of offspring between them.

    Left to right we have Christian Danner, Riccardo Patrese, Gerhard Berger, Niki Lauda, Jean Alesi, Nelson Piquet, Alain Prost and Pierluigi Martini.

    Danner (36 starts), Patrese (256), Berger (210), Lauda (171), Alesi (201), Piquet (204), Prost (199) and Martini (119) have a mildly boggling 1,396 F1 starts between them.

    The eight men have been entertaining the Austrian GP crowd with a legends' race, a few choice shots from which are below.

    Alain Prost in action during a training session for the "Race of Legends" during the Formula One Grand Prix of Austria at the Red Bull Ring
    Gerhard Berger from Austria in action during the training session for the "Race of Legends" during the Formula One Grand Prix of Austria
    Former drivers Niki Lauda and Nelson Piquet speak after qualifying for the Formula One Grand Prix of Austria at Red Bull Ring
    Nelson Piquet from Brazil in action during the training session for the "Race of Legends" during the Formula One Grand Prix of Austria at the Red Bull Ring
  146. Change, change, change

    McLaren garage

    McLaren tweet:"Fernando & Jenson will change gear 54 times per lap today."

    Not sure about you but that's a standard trip to the Supermarket for me.

  147. Alonso nails a cracking selfie

    It takes more than a ludicrous 25-place grid penalty to wipe the smile from Fernando Alonso's mush.

    Here he is on the drivers' parade this morning looking every inch at one with the world.

    Alonso Selfie
  148. Rosberg: I have to keep the pressure on

    Andrew Benson

    Chief F1 writer

    "Would Nico Rosberg have beaten Lewis Hamilton to pole if he had completed his own final lap, after Hamilton's spin? It was too close to call.

    "'Definitely gutted,' Rosberg said, 'but Lewis was 0.2secs up on the previous lap and I was 0.2secs exactly up at that point so I knew I had to go for it and I just exaggerated it.'

    Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton

    "Rosberg knows he has a chance at the start, but beyond that he did not sound too confident about beating Hamilton in the race. 'I just have to keep the pressure on and hope that somehow something will go my way,' he said. 'It is easy to make mistakes so if I am able to keep the pressure on that could be an opportunity.'"

  149. Father's Day: Family of world champions

    No reference to F1 and father's day would be complete without reference to Graham and Damon Hill, the only father-and-son pairing to both win the world title.

    Graham achieved the feat in 1962 and 1968, while son Damon followed up with the 1996 world title.

    The two combined for a total of 291 race starts and 36 victories across 41 years between 1958 and 1999.

    Graham and Damon Hill
    Bruce McLaren, Stirling Moss, Tony Brooks, Graham Hill, Jo Bonnier, Wolfgang von Trips, Damon Hill
    Image caption: Bruce McLaren, Stirling Moss, Tony Brooks, Graham Hill, Jo Bonnier, Wolfgang von Trips, Damon Hill
  150. Father's Day special

    If the snotty kiss and home-made card I received this morning are anything to go by, it seems today is Father's Day.

    In honour of this, we're going to take a trawl through the archives in the build-up to today's race to take a look at some of the father-son, father-daughter combos to grace the sport down the years.

    First up, two British F1 heroes...

  151. Coming good when it counts

    Andrew Benson

    Chief F1 writer

    "Three spins when trying to set a time on super-soft tyres in second practice, and an off-track incident in final practice, and lagging behind team-mate Nico Rosberg in the first and second parts of qualifying had all led to the impression that Lewis Hamilton did not feel quite at home on the Red Bull Ring this weekend.

    Lewis Hamiton

    "But then, as he so often has this year, it all came together in qualifying. Hamilton nailed a stonker on his first run in final qualifying and pole was his, a spin at the first corner on his final run cancelled out by Rosberg doing the same at the final bend on his. 'It was a difficult session,' Hamilton said. 'I was a bit surprised I even got pole.

    "'I was off Nico for three or four tenths each session and each run, each lap and I just didn't have the confidence in the balance I had at the time, and the temperature of the tyres and the brakes.

    "'So, I'm really grateful that I at least got one decent - Q3 first run lap one and then lap three. The third one being much better. I'm grateful that I got those two laps in. And then coming to the end, I don't know exactly what went on but obviously I locked the rears and snapped it around. A bit similar to what happened last year in Turn Two here so… yeah, I'm definitely do that quite often in this car. Not sure why. Got big feet I think.'"

  152. 'This could be a cracker'

    Andrew Benson

    Chief F1 writer

    "One does not want to risk commentator's curse, but this could be a cracker. The two Mercedes drivers have been evenly matched all weekend in Austria. If anything, in fact, Lewis Hamilton appeared to be struggling a little - and even admitted it - until a typically storming pole lap.