Incredibly, Rossi managed to compose himself after the close call and after the race was restarted came home in fifth place.
Vinales, who sits second in the overall standings ahead of Sunday's fourth race of the campaign, clocked one minute, 23.450 seconds to finish 0.068sec ahead of Ducati-Pramac's Jack Miller.
Formula 1 2020, Austrian GP: Lando Norris' solid performance to Ferrari's struggle, talking points from race
There were several narratives in play through the 71 laps of Austrian GP, especially for drivers chasing victory, we bring you the biggest talking points from the race
Formula 1 2020: Mercedes' Valtteri Bottas wins season-opening Austrian GP, Lewis Hamilton finishes fourth
Valtteri Bottas won the first race of the season at the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg, Austria while Mercedes teammate and defending champion Lewis Hamilton finished a disappointing fourth after incurring a five-second penalty.
Formula 1 2020: F1 drivers wear black t-shirts with 'End Racism' on it; six of 20 refuse to take the knee
The 20 participating drivers sported black t-shirts with most of them knelt in solidarity with the anti-racism protests taking place in the US and various other parts of the world.
Formula 1 2020: Austrian GP podium procedures include masks, remote-controlled trolleys for water, towels
The top three drivers at the end of the season opener at the Red Bull Ring will have to wear masks before stepping up onto socially-distanced individual rostrums placed in front of their cars on the start-finish line.
Formula 1 2020: Charles Leclerc says Ferrari's pace 'not even close' to expectation after qualifying seventh at Austrian GP
Leclerc was on pole at the Red Bull Ring last year but this time qualified seventh, his quickest flying lap nearly a second slower than Valtteri Bottas who took the top slot for Mercedes.
Indian racing driver Jehan Daruvala in February made headlines after Formula 1 team Red Bull Racing inducted him into their junior programme.
The Black Lives Matter movement has been supported by football players in Germany, Italy and England taking a knee before and during games.
Formula 1 2020: Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel says Austrian GP double-header will be decided on slim margins
Four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel expects the Austrian GP, which will kick off the 2020 Formula 1 season, to be a tightly-contested affair.
Formula 1 2020: Lewis Hamilton to return to track for first time since February as Mercedes gear up for Austrian GP
Six-times Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton will be back on track at Silverstone next week for the first time since February as Mercedes gear up for the start of the delayed Formula One season.
Austria’s health ministry on Saturday gave the green light to two Formula One motor races on 8 and 12 July — the delayed season-openers — to be held without spectators
Formula 1 2019: Lewis Hamilton says he 'totally deserved' three-place grid penalty after controversial incident in Austrian GP qualifying
Stewards handed Hamilton, who had qualified second behind Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc, a three-place drop for impeding Alfa Romeo’s Kimi Raikkonen in qualifying.
Formula 1 2019: Charles Leclerc grabs Austrian GP pole position; Lewis Hamilton drops to fifth after grid penalty
Charles Leclerc clocked his best lap of one minute and 3.003 seconds in the final seconds of a dramatic session that saw his Ferrari team-mate Sebastian Vettel unable to run due to an air pressure problem.
Austrian Grand Prix: Valtteri Bottas' superhuman start, composed race help him pip Sebastian Vetttel for win
The Austrian Grand Prix could be considered borderline boring, barring the last 20-odd laps where the top four drivers, separated by four seconds each, were chasing each other down.
Austrian Grand Prix: Can Valtteri Bottas help Mercedes continue dominance at Red Bull's home circuit
In the last three years, Mercedes have dominated the Spielberg race thanks to their unmatched pace in the corners here. Even for the 2017 race, Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel said, “Mercedes is still favourites here, although we have been quite close in the last few races.”
Lewis Hamilton delivered an emphatic signal of his intent when he completed a Friday double by topping the times for Mercedes in both practice sessions for Sunday's Austrian Grand Prix.
The 2016 Austrian Grand Prix was a brilliant example of how a Formula 1 race should be.
Looking like an amateur is not what Alonso, widely hailed as the best driver currently on the grid, bargained for when he returned to McLaren.
Nico Rosberg celebrated his 30th birthday with a third win in four races on Sunday when he beat Mercedes team-mate and series leader Lewis Hamilton to triumph in an incident-filled Austrian Grand Prix.