Hamilton now just 11 points behind title rival; Rosberg dropped to fourth after last-lap Mercedes collision; Raikkonen and Verstappen complete podium with Button 6th; Vettel retires after tyre blowout.

World champion Lewis Hamilton sealed an epic win at the Austrian GP despite colliding with team-mate Nico Rosberg on a thrilling final lap.

Rosberg had come through from sixth to lead the race but both Mercedes drivers were fighting in the closing stages following their second pitstops, culminating in an enthralling Lap 71.

A charging Hamilton had the momentum as he attacked around the outside of Turn Two. But with Rosberg refusing to yield the pair made contact, with Rosberg coming off second best with front wing damage.

Max Verstappen and Kimi Raikkonen both came through to overtake the stricken W07 to fill the podium positions, as Rosberg’s championship lead was cut to just 11 points.

Hamilton was booed on the podium but said: “I’m here to win, I won the race fair and square”.

Mercedes chief Toto Wolff branded the collision “brainless” on Sky F1 and hinted at reconsidering his stance on team orders.

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