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: Valtteri Bottas and Charles Leclerc defend trips to Monaco after Austrian Grand Prix
Bottas and Leclerc were back with their teams at the Red Bull Ring on Thursday ahead of this weekend’s Styrian Grand Prix on the same track where they finished first and second respectively on Sunday.
Instead of closing the gap to front-runner Mercedes this season, Ferrari's SF1000 car looks slower than last year and is also in danger of slipping behind other teams.
Valtteri Bottas won the race at the Red Bull Ring for Mercedes but he and his team mate Lewis Hamilton, the six-times Formula 1 world champion, were told to avoid the kerbs due to the risk of vibration damage.
Formula 1 managing director Ross Brawn says Sebastian Vettel is bound to be distracted by Ferrari axe
Vettel, a four-times world champion with Red Bull, qualified only 11th at the Red Bull Ring and then tangled with McLaren’s Carlos Sainz in the race, finishing 10th for the final point on offer.
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: Hard work for governing body to figure out rest of the season's calendar, admits Jean Todt
Todt remains hopeful that some fans will be allowed back in for races this year. The French Open tennis tournament announced earlier this week that a maximum 60% of fans will be permitted to attend the clay-court major when it starts in late September.
Bottas edged out the world champion by .012 seconds at the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg, with Red Bull's Max Verstappen in third place and Lando Norris giving McLaren a boost by finishing fourth.
Hamilton was also quickest in both practice sessions on Friday, finishing ahead of his Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas in all three.
Formula One said in a statement that 4,032 tests of drivers, teams and personnel were conducted between 26 June and 2 July.
The Black Lives Matter movement has been supported by football players in Germany, Italy and England taking a knee before and during games.
There will be no fans in Austria, no sponsors, no hospitality units or VIPs and no socialising between teams within a paddock ‘bubble’ where safe spacing and face masks are the ‘new normal’ and everything will take a little longer.
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.
The experiment was mooted already last year, before COVID-19 played havoc with the calendar, with Formula One keen on having three reverse grid races in 2020.
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 manager director of motorsports Ross Brawn says this is a "real consideration" so long as iron-tight safety regulations are met.