Vettel: Austrian GP could have been better

Mae Harvey
July 5, 2018

Red Bull racing's Max Verstappen celebrates his first win of the 2018 Formula One season.

Verstappen had to nurse his tyres towards the end of the race in the blistering heat, but just held off Räikkönen for the fourth Grand Prix win of his career.

A gearbox failure saw him retire from the race on lap 57.

Mercedes's chief strategist James Vowles came on the radio as the bearer of bad news, admitting his error as Hamilton struggled to comprehend what the team had done.

Asked by Autosport about the significance of winning its home race for the first time, Horner added: "It's huge".

Several drivers sustained damage after contacting the kerbs around the circuit, Ricciardo included, but the Australian believes that they are still beneficial in the absence of walls as track limits.

Mr. Hamilton leads the 2018 Drivers' Championship with his total of 145 points, Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel is 2nd with 131 points and Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo is 3rd with 96 points.

"It was unbelievable", exclaimed Verstappen. "It has been a Red Bull day around".

"You don't want to be the only one stopping and then find that all the others don't stop and you get tangled up in them in a way you hope not to be".

"The auto feels better in certain areas and it was already great last week - I'd like more of it please!"

"We could see the start of blisters just starting to happen".

Raikkonen took second place after a week of febrile speculation that he is destined to be replaced by Charles Leclerc, perhaps as early as August.

France's Romain Grosjean scored his first points of the season with a bang, finishing a lapped fourth for the US -owned Haas team, who also had Denmark's Kevin Magnussen taking the chequered flag in fifth. Fernando Alonso took McLaren to eighth place, which was an unexpected result given that he started from the pits. I'm very thankful to the engineers for making that strategy call.

"Until we get the cars back and stripped, it's hard to say".

Vettel was able to close in on team-mate Raikkonen in the closing stages of the race but, despite Vettel's advantage in the championship standings, Ferrari opted not to switch it's drivers. "That's why he obviously started to back off a bit". He managed to get through 57 laps on the super soft tyre to be just outside the top 10, with a pit stop needed to get home, when his gear box failed.

"A positive day, but it could have been better - but a very well-deserved win for Max".

"But if they say "you have to drive in front for all qualifying" you have to do it".

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