Lewis Hamilton retires from Austrian GP as Max Verstappen wins

Daniel Ricciardo French GP 2018

Daniel Ricciardo French GP 2018

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.

He said: "For the race I was very happy in general with how the auto was behaving but I always just try to do my best race possible; if that is going to be first, second, third, it's not in your hand". The fans in the grandstand were great, so many orange t-shirts there.

The Dutchman managed the race from there on and fended off the two charging Ferraris in the closing laps to secure Red Bull's first win on home soil.

"Normally Silverstone is a bit tricky for us now because a few corners, they're flat out and it's basically a straight but here we won, " Verstappen added.

Romain Grosjean was fourth ahead of his Ferrari-powered Haas team-mate Kevin Magnussen, Esteban Ocon and his Force India team-mate Sergio Perez.

Sauber duo Charles Leclerc and Marcus Ericsson finished ninth and 10th. After nine of 21 races, Hamilton trails Vettel by one point heading into the British GP this weekend.

Asked whether Ricciardo would get equal money to 20-year-old Dutch hotshot Max Verstappen, victor in Austria last weekend, Horner said only that each had their own value. "Very consistent. No mistakes". "It was damaged limitation for us".

Raikkonen said: "I had to back off at turn one because the cars were squeezed together".

"From my side I felt in control, I was driving to the best I could with the auto I had and at the end we were struggling a little more than Ferrari with the tyre blistering but we managed to stay ahead".

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Leader Hamilton stayed out - unsure whether the chasing bunch would follow him in or not - but was the only major player to stay on track.

On lap 12, Nico Hulkenberg retired, his Renault engine spurting flames.

"My gearbox is gone", he told the team.

The Australian has been linked with moves to Ferrari, Mercedes or McLaren for 2019, but Red Bull's Dr Helmut Marko said in Austria that Ricciardo is getting "closer" to inking a new contract.

"I've got no time left in the tyres", said Hamilton, aware that a straightforward race win was in peril.

"This is James, I have thrown away the win today", replied Vowles.

When Hamilton did pit, he came back out in fourth place.

"We have got the best guys in the pitlane without any shadow of a doubt". I'm disappointed how the day went. Verstappen had slight blistering, but Hamilton's left rear was a mass of blistered rubber.

"I think the fact that we aren't a competitor to Renault, of their own team, actually helps their objective by having an engine winning races".

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