Daniel Ricciardo: "It was pretty fun out there"

Daniel Ricciardo:

Lewis Hamilton lost the world championship lead after retiring from a sobering Austrian Grand Prix for Mercedes, as Max Verstappen took an unexpected victory for Red Bull.

In addition to Verstappen's gainig an upper hand on Raikkonen on the opening lap, Horner underlined Mercedes' strategy error when the German team decided against bringing Hamilton in for fresh rubber during the VSC period.

Having started the season with back-to-back wins and adding another victory in Montreal, Vettel recovered well from suffering a second serious setback in as many weeks on Saturday.

"I think again the margins in Formula 1 are so fine, you saw there was a touch at Turn 3 with Kimi, a touch at Turn 7, a few races ago that could've been a puncture and it would've been a different story", Horner said.

Their problems handed the first win on their home track to Red Bull, for whom Verstappen drove beautifully to control the race once Mercedes hit their problems, well out of reach of the pursuing Ferraris.

Verstappen's teammate Australian Daniel Ricciardo was also forced to retire on his 29th birthday.

Red Bull turned down Max Verstappen's Renault Formula 1 engine during the Austrian Grand Prix as it feared the race victor may suffer a repeat of Daniel Ricciardo's retirement.

"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".

"I think what's concerning for us, Mercedes and Ferrari recently look like they've made a good step as well".

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In what became a disaster for the Brit, his next set of tyres blistered and he required another pit stop and then just when he could see his championship lead evaporate a loss of power ended his race early.

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

"We had a really good auto, really good pace".

Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen finished a close second, with team mate Vettel third against expectations after a grid penalty had demoted him to sixth on the grid. "I think the pace was very good, tyre management was very good".

Vettel took advantage of the bad luck of others to make the podium and his result was made even better when Hamilton pulled over on lap 64.

When you start leading the race, they start cheering you on.

Meanwhile there were double points finishes for both Haas and Force India, but it was another disappointing weekend for Williams and McLaren.

The reigning champions had not been beaten in Austria since the race returned to the calendar in 2014 and seemed to be heading for a one-two when Valtteri Bottas retired with an hydraulics failure on lap 14.

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