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Formula One: Red Bull's Verstappen Wins Austrian GP As Mercedes Implodes

06 July 2018

"At the moment I don't know", Raikkonen added.

After a brief red flag period to recover Verstappen's auto, it was Vettel who posted the fastest lap with a 1m27.552s to lead Lewis Hamilton by 0.187s.

A botched call from the pitwall saw him fail to pit along with his rivals causing him to lose the lead before a mechanical problem ensured he failed to finish a grand prix for the first time in two years. Hamilton was unhappy before his late retirement complaining to his team that "we've just thrown away a win", by bungling the timing of a tyre change.

'I'm focused on what we do. Had he started from third on the grid, where he originally qualified, he would have been in an ideal position to capitalise on the retirement of the two Mercedes drivers and finish ahead of eventual race victor Max Verstappen.

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It was also Verstappen's fourth career victory as he came home 1.504 seconds ahead of Kimi Raikkonen and his Ferrari team-mate Sebastian Vettel, who regained the lead in the drivers championship ahead of Hamilton by a single point.

"As soon as we got the auto back that evening we had a fix designed and put into test-mode".

"Austria was a hard weekend, we all wished it wasn't the way it was, but what doesn't kill you makes you stronger". I just had to drive around the issue.

Hamilton was kept out while all of his rivals pitted after Valtteri Bottas' retirement had caused a virtual safety auto to come in effect.

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"Some of them, for sure, are easier than others".

The 20-year-old came under pressure for a string of clashes early in the season in incidents that Red Bull team principal Christian Horner believes were not that different to Sunday's Austrian GP fight. The next race will be held at Silverstone on July 8, 2018.

"Quali will be low fuel so probably going to try it again tomorrow, but today I tried and it wasn't possible". Chief strategist James Vowles made a public apology to Hamilton over the radio during last Sunday's race. Räikkönen was third with 101 points, Daniel Ricciardo with 96, and Verstappen with 93 points.

'Everyone in the team will feel a nervousness. I hope it is not a title decider, but I can't predict what is happening going forward. "I don't get it guys. It's how the sport should be in a sense, that you're squeezing more out of the cars and out of the drivers as well so I think it's not a bad thing".

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"He'd got enough in the tank to see off the challenge to the end of the race". "He's a racer, he understands racing commitment and spirit and I think he's going to be a good leader for the future at McLaren".

Formula One: Red Bull's Verstappen Wins Austrian GP As Mercedes Implodes