Nico Rosberg says he can take confidence and satisfaction from winning the Austrian Grand Prix on pace alone, suggesting it is proof his race craft is improving.

Having qualified behind team-mate and title rival Lewis Hamilton, Rosberg got the jump at the start and proceeded to dominate thereafter for his third victory of the season.

Pleased to beat Hamilton on equal terms, Rosberg says it is important for him to prove that he can beat his team-mate by simply being the faster driver, adding that it shows his race craft is improving.

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"It was an awesome day," he said. "The start was the most crucial part of the race and I managed to get that. After that, I was happy that I was just faster in the race - that was important. It was one of the easier wins, which was good for once, no pressure from behind.

"Race craft was a thing that I needed to improve on from last year and it is going in the right direction, so I am pleased with that.

"Only 10 points to Lewis so it is getting close, but a long way to go and anything is possible."