Verstappen wins Austrian GP as Ricciardo and Hamilton fail to finish

Lewis Hamilton

GETTYLewis Hamilton enjoys his French Grand Prix win in Le Castellet

"It's wonderful to win in a Red Bull at the Red Bull Ring", said Verstappen, who was supported by an "Orange army" of more than 20,000 fans.

"The development race is always tight and up until now, we haven't had a lot of development parts on the vehicle", Hamilton said. "It was unbelievable to win here with so many Dutch fans".

Hamilton was leading the race in the early laps but Mercedes failed to pit him during a virtual safety auto period, which meant he lost the lead when he did eventually stop under racing conditions.

"We made a decision to leave Lewis on track for one lap, because we thought it would take longer to clear the auto from its position, and be able to react what the cars behind us did on the following lap", explained Wolff.

Max Verstappen won Red Bull's home Austrian Grand Prix on Sunday, while Lewis Hamilton suffered his first race retirement since 2016 and lost the Formula One championship lead to Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel. He came on the radio and said "I don't know how many are listening in Brixworth and Brackley but I can not remember since I have DNF last time, this team has had the best reliability over the last years. It was damage limitation for me and a positive day".

Lewis Hamilton said he was excited by a raft of new updates for his Mercedes vehicle, but ducked all questions about his singing career yesterday. "After that, the vehicle came good, but we just ran out of laps".

Hamilton struggled so much that he was forced to make a second stop before his retirement, while race victor Verstappen and the Ferrari drivers only made one.

Sauber driver Marcus Ericsson was slowest, a tenth of a second off Hartley after he had to abandon his final lap having set his personal best first sector.

The Mercedes duo of Hamilton and Bottas remained atop FP2, with Hamilton's quick time of 1:04.579 bettering Bottas' mark by.176 of a second.

Kevin Magnussen, in the second Haas, took eighth place ahead of Renault pairing Carlos Sainz Jr and Nico Hulkenberg.

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

Hamilton lost the lead after his team failed to pit him during a Virtual Safety Car which had been deployed after Bottas retired following a loss of hydraulic pressure.

In a critical error, Mercedes chose to keep race leader Lewis Hamilton out and their victory hopes quickly unravelled from there.

Verstappen's Red Bull team-mate Australian Daniel Ricciardo was also forced to retire on his 29th birthday.

"I don't get it guys".

"All I can see is the guy in front of me and the guy behind me and actually at the time, I was in the lead".

'We can't afford to throw away points. Verstappen had slight blistering, but Hamilton's left rear was a mass of blistered rubber.

Despite the fact that Bottas started the race from the pole position, he did not lead any of its laps.

In came Hamilton for tyres on lap 25.

Force India's Sergio Perez was 17th, with radio messages suggesting he had some kind of energy recovery problem that possibly restricted his available power at least on his first run.

Good news is that Fernando Alonso finished in P8 for McLaren. Pierre Gasly (FRA/Toro Rosso-Honda) one lap, 12. Sergey Sirotkin (RUS/Williams-Mercedes) two laps, 14.

Williams driver Lance Stroll, who did a good job to make Q2 for the first time since the Azerbaijan Grand Prix two months ago rounded out the top 15.

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