Horner Describes Austria Victory "An Unbelievable Feeling"

Horner Describes Austria Victory

Spielberg - Max Verstappen made the most of a rare Mercedes double retirement on Sunday by claiming his first win this year, and Red Bull's first at "home", in an incident-packed Austrian Grand Prix. "It was wonderful to win here with so many Dutch fans".

Under the VSC, Red Bull Ferrari called their drivers into the pits, while Mercedes elected to leave Hamilton out.

Mercedes duo Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas were fastest in practice on Friday for the Austrian Formula One Grand Prix after an upgrade to the aerodynamics of their cars paid off.

Horner said the ever-smiling Ricciardo suited Red Bull's brand image and was a popular member of a team set to trade Renault engines for Honda power next year.

Some aggressive driving on the opening lap to muscle his way past Kimi Raikkonen, and then a masterclass in tyre management to look after some badly blistered tyres, helped the Dutchman get himself back into championship contention.

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

"I was going in front at Paul Ricard (last weekend in France), he was going the race before that in front... It has been a Red Bull day around". "We are all delighted for him".

That was Verstappen's fourth career victory, tying him with Eddie Irvine and Bruce McLaren for the most wins by any driver without ever taking pole position. "It was very hard to manage the tyres as well".

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"We could see the start of blisters and he was able to manage that".

Red Bull had looked to be a distant third in terms of raw pace all weekend and on Saturday afternoon had been out-qualified by Haas driver Romain Grosjean.

"We have thrown away the win", said Hamilton, with Vowles replying: "This is James, I have thrown away the win today", before the retirement made it immaterial.

"I could see some orange smoke, I could see them cheering so I think that's good enough", said Verstappen, when asked whether he could hear their acclaim.

Despite Ricciardo's unhappiness, Verstappen did not think the situation between them would be too hard. I'm disappointed how the day went. "A very, very mature drive for him".

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"It [the blistering] wasn't predicted coming into the race, but it is hot today and the load in these last two right corners, it is massive the amount of energy these tyres have to take up around there", Horner explained to Sky Sports F1.

"He was very much in control". In the second attempt, Bottas added and kept the first position.

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