Nico Rosberg's third victory of the season and his eighth consecutive points-scoring performance leaves Lewis Hamilton trailing by 29 points as they head to the latter's home event at Silverstone in a fortnight.
Hamilton, who reeled off four consecutive race wins this season - Malaysia, Bahrain, China and Spain - has since been thwarted in Monaco, Canada and Austria.
He would like to bounce back in front of his countrymen and get his hands on the British Grand Prix trophy that he last held in 2008, his championship year.
Equally, Rosberg would love to beat him on British soil after lucking in last year when the leader, Hamilton, suffered tyre failure. A second consecutive Silverstone win would emphasise his current superiority.
Williams made a brave effort to conquer Mercedes this weekend as the sport returned to the majestic Styria setting of Dietrich Mateschitz's Red Bull Ring, last used in A1-Ring guise for the 2003 Grand Prix.
But though they took honourable third and fourth places after a valiant fight in which both Felipe Massa and Valtteri Bottas exchanged the lead, Silverstone will be tailor-made for the Silver Arrows.
"I am so excited about the prospect of driving this car there," Hamilton said of his W05 Hybrid. "Last year I got so close and was on pole by half a second and should have won that one. I think it's fair to say that I've had my fair share of bad luck!"
He's had two retirements this season - in Australia and Canada - but stresses that he isn't relying on Rosberg hitting similar trouble.
"I don't hope for that," he said on Sunday night in Spielberg. "But I could do with some luck going my way. Unfortunately those two non-finishes hurt me, but my first mistake of the season came in qualifying here.
"I could be angry, I suppose, but you have to step back and look at the bigger picture. I have never had a car that I can fight so well with. So I am so grateful to be a part of this team, and it's up to me to pull my socks up and capitalise on my pace. It's good, so now I need to execute it."
Meanwhile, Rosberg continues to impress not just with his pace, but also with his glacial calm.
Mercedes, however, were shocked to encounter similar Energy Recovery System (ERS) overheating problems which created the braking issues that both drivers had to deal with.
"We experienced things we didn't expect - again some little things on the cooling side," team boss Toto Wolff admitted.
"We struggled with the brakes again today - there are not long enough straights to cool them down, and it was much hotter so it came as a bit of a surprise to us. The achievement of the race was that lots of engineers on the power unit side and the car side were managing the cars."
This article was first published on JUNE 24, 2014.
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