Nico Rosberg dominated the Austrian Grand Prix and took his third victory of the season, as his Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton finished second; the German has now reduced the Briton's lead at the top of the World Championship to 10 points.

Rosberg, who also won at the Red Bull Ring in 2014, looked comfortable from the lap one onwards, as he overtook Hamilton at the first corner at the start of the race, and controlled the lead all the way through. The 2014 World Champion, who had qualified on pole, had a bad start and attempted to overtake Rosberg on the first lap; his efforts were obstructed by the safety car, which was called out after a potentially life-threatening crash between Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen and McLaren's Fernando Alonso.

The McLaren-Honda ended up on top of the Ferrari, however both the drivers escaped without any injuries.

When the race resumed, Hamilton re-joined in second, but he acquired a five-second time penalty for edging over the white line, as he exited the pit; this effectively ended his chance to win the race.

Felipe Massa's Williams finished in third place, in front of Sebastien Vettel in Ferrari, who was comfortably ahead of the Brazilian but in the end lost his place because of a problem with the right rear of the car at his pit-stop. Vettel, the four-time world champion, then managed to shave a 10th of a second off the gap with ten laps to go, but Massa retained his place and took his first podium of the season.

Valtteri Bottas in other Williams ended fifth, in front of Nico Hulkenberg's Force India; the Finnish driver managed to hold on to his position for nearly half the race.

Pastor Maldonado in Lotus grabbed seventh place, as he passed the Torro Rosso's 17 year-old Max Verstappen by just eight - tenth of a second with two laps to go.

Mexican Sergio Perez, in the other Force India, finished ninth in front of Australian Daniel Ricciardo's Red Bulls.

The Austrian race circuit hosted the Formula One from 1970 till 1987. It was later shortened, but under the new owner, the Red Bulls, it was rebuilt and re-opened for the Formula One in the 2014 season. This year's race will be long remembered for its dramatic events.