Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg says the "start made the race" and ultimately paved the way for him to win the Austrian Grand Prix.

Rosberg got the jump on team-mate and pole sitter Lewis Hamilton off the line and he then controlled from the front, leading from lights-to-flag to claim his third victory of the 2015 F1 season. The result sees him close the gap in the Drivers' Championship, reducing Hamilton's lead from 17 points back to 10.

"It is an awesome feeling to win again here, I am very, very happy," Rosberg said after the eighth round in the 2015 F1 World Championship. "The start made the race - it was a great start and then I managed to defend in the first couple of corners and after I just really tried to push flat-out this time.

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"I was really happy with the car and happy to see the gap open up to Lewis. It really worked out perfectly today."

Rosberg came on the radio near the end and seemed concerned about his right-front tyre, but played down the scare post-race.

"It was just the vibration picking up on the right-front. I was just telling them to keep an eye on it, but it was fine in the end - it stabilised, so it was not a problem," he insisted. "It just came from the tyre wear and it is a bit uncomfortable when that happens, but it was all fine."

It was Rosberg's second win in succession at the Red Bull Ring, so what makes him so good in Austria?

"I don't know if there is a trend on this track really. It was just today, it was a great day - a good start and then good pace also in the race. That is what I am most happy about. The car felt good and I was able to push from the first lap onwards and all the way - that is cool. I just think this year I found what I needed to find last year in terms of the races and just doing that a little bit better in the races and that is really working out for me this year," he concluded.