Max Verstappen wins in Austria as Brendon Hartley suffers mechanical failure

Max Verstappen wins in Austria as Brendon Hartley suffers mechanical failure

Max Verstappen wins in Austria as Brendon Hartley suffers mechanical failure

Lewis Hamilton lost the world championship lead after retiring from a sobering Austrian Grand Prix for Mercedes, as Max Verstappen took an unexpected victory for Red Bull. And then if you win the race and see all the fans lining up there, it's incredible.

Daniel Ricciardo and Red Bull owner Dietrich Mateschitz held one-on-one talks behind closed doors at the Red Bull Ring on Sunday, the Aussie emerging from the meeting his usual smiling self. In full force to fight for the pole moved "Mercedes", "Ferrari", "Red bull", "Haas" and "Renault".

Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen finished a close second, with team mate Vettel third against expectations after a grid penalty had demoted him to sixth on the grid. We thought that the Virtual Safety Car would last for more than one lap, so we thought we would wait and see what happened to the guys behind us, see whether they stop or didn't stop, and make our decision on the second lap.

"A special word to our pit-crew, again executing a faultless stacked pit stop on our route to victory, as they had done previously this year in China".

Speaking after the race, a frustrated Ricciardo, who is off contract at the end of the season, made some snide remarks as he joked about a potential career change.


Race leader Lewis Hamilton was told to stay out, but it was in error: the pursuing Red Bull Racing and Ferrari cars were quicker on their fresh tyres and the heat was taking its toll on Hamilton's rubber. "We are all delighted for him". But at the time, the strategist faces more of a dilemma and the person who is in the lead of the race always faces the biggest dilemma of all because they have the most to lose.

"It was very good to manage the tyres as well. The last few laps I could look a little bit to my left and they were really cheering me on, it was unbelievable". It was tougher than perhaps it looked but I just needed to be on top of my tyres.

Asked by Autosport about dealing with the closing laps, Horner added: "Well, the old lederhosen started to overheat, but Max seemed pretty much in control, bar reliability". But still, the blister could open up and you're really in trouble. I just had to drive around the issue. "I think Kimi is experienced enough to handle the situation well". I'm disappointed how the day went. "He knew that the race was all about tyre conservation, because temperatures were hotter today, probably 10-12 degrees hotter than Friday".

Ricciardo then pitted at the same time Vettel squeezed beyond Hamilton on the 39th of the 71 race laps.

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