Red Bull chief hails victorious Verstappen’s maturity

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

Daniel Ricciardo blames miscommunication for testy exchange with Verstappen in Austrian GP qualifier

Mercedes chief Toto Wolff has warmly welcomed Honda's future partnership with Red Bull, adding that he is certain they will become a competitive force in Formula One. His hopes of fighting for a podium were ruined when his auto began losing power, resulting in him retiring on the 63rd lap of the race.

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.

Having qualified towards the back of the grid, Hartley took a penalty for a replacement power unit and started at the back. "I think the pace was very good, tyre management was very good".

Horner said not scoring 43 points for a one-two was "the only disappointment" on a "phenomenal" day for the team.

Grosjean and Magnussen delivered big points for Haas after eight races of underdelivery by the team that started the season with the fourth-fastest vehicle. "It's surprising but the tyres are all very close, so it's going to be really interesting to see which strategy people go with tomorrow in Qualifying".

"We made the right call when virtual safety vehicle came out and we pitted".

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. He was passed by Raikkonen on lap 38, triggering the Australian's second tyre stop. Hats off to him because the tyres were so crucial there, you see the blisters and everything that's going on, he just managed to keep those temperatures down and manage it all the way through.

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Birthday boy Daniel Ricciardo also suffered a mechanical DNF.

Verstappen led Raikkonen by more than six seconds but with everyone behind the Dutchman seemingly anxious to protect tyres, he was unchallenged.

Verstappen's win in Red Bull's home race confirmed his status as F1's form man following his second place last week in France and a third position at the Canadian GP before then.

Team boss Christian Horner said Verstappen had "absolutely nailed it".

"To win here in Austria with him in attendance, because he doesn't come to many races, it's fantastic, and for the Dutch fans as well".

Ricciardo then pitted at the same time Vettel squeezed beyond Hamilton on the 39th of the 71 race laps. His good fortune came largely through failures to his rivals.

"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". "It was damaged limitation for us".

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