Austrian GP 2015: Nico Rosberg leaves teammate Lewis Hamilton trailing

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CNN)Nico Rosberg took advantage of a fast start to dominate the Austrian Grand Prix Sunday and close the gap in the F1 championship race on Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton.

Rosberg was also helped by a five-second penalty imposed on Britain's Hamilton for a pit-lane infringement, effectively ending his chances of victory.

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Felipe Massa for Williams held off Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel in a tight battle for the final podium spot.

Read: Rosberg cuts title gap

Four-time world champion Vetttel lost time at a botched pit stop and could not get past the experienced Brazilian, who was on the podium for the 40th time, in the closing laps.

Rosberg's 11th career win aside, the major talking point was a second corner crash involving two former world champions, Kimi Raikkonen in his Ferrari and McLaren's Fernando Alonso.

SAFETY CAR: Raikkonen and Alonso out of race after big collision on FIRST LAP #AustrianGPpic.twitter.com/QW8omvi315

Raikkonen appeared to lose speed as he exited the turn at Spielberg and Alonso careered into the back of him, with the two cars becoming completely entangled.

Neither driver suffered any serious injury in the accident, although Alonso received attention in the medical center, but it meant the safety car was deployed early.

From 19 to 14 in two corners …

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