Mercedes welcome Red Bull's Honda deal

Daniel Ricciardo upset with team, and his teammate, after F1 qualifying in Austria

"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.

Daniel Ricciardo may have left the Austrian Grand Prix without any points following a DNF, but the word over the weekend was that he is set to be rewarded with a new Red Bull deal. "My focus was always on the track but for the last few laps I could look a little bit to my left and they were really cheering me on, it was wonderful". So, yeah, unbelievable that they all came over here.

"We have a very simple policy here that has operated for the last seven years", said the Briton, "and that is to alternate who drives out of the garage first from race to race".

The Australian is out of contract at the end of 2018 and had been waiting to see if there were options at Mercedes or Ferrari before committing to Red Bull, which will use Honda engines next year.

Kimi Raikkonen took second place, with Vettel finishing third, ensuring that both the Ferraris got on the podium.

Indeed, Hamilton dropped to fourth when Mercedes pitted him on Lap 26, and he was unable to charge forward, with Vettel eventually diving inside of Hamilton entering Turn 3 on Lap 39 to take that position. I have to also applaud our entire staff at the factory and their commitment to produce a competitive race vehicle. "Red Bull Ring, Red Bull vehicle, and Max driving an unbelievable race and it was absolutely nailed in the first lap".

Lewis Hamilton lost the lead when Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas broke down to cause a virtual safety auto (VSC) and his own race ended with a late engine failure. "I was in the lead, I tried to do my own pace". "I think Kimi is experienced enough to handle the situation well". "Maybe they still had half a second in hand".

"Once you overheat the tyre, then you're in trouble". "I think after Silverstone then we can start to go to a few tracks, I think especially Hungary, that's a track where we should aim for. My fourth victory, it's a good one". I think that's characteristic of James but also a measure of how this team operates, where people will hold up a hand when they have made a mistake knowing that the team's attitude to mistakes is that they are things that they learn from rather than throw blame around for or cause great polemics within the team. "He knew that the race was all about tyre conservation, because temperatures were hotter today, probably 10-12 degrees hotter than Friday".

"He was very much in control", Horner said.

"Max did a very mature job in managing the tires, particularly through Turns 8 and 9, the last two, the fast-right handers".

Max Verstappen: Yeah, it was hard racing but good racing.



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