Max Verstappen Wins Austrian Grand Prix Amidst Mercedes Misfortune

Max Verstappen Wins Austrian Grand Prix Amidst Mercedes Misfortune

It is the first time Red Bull have won their home meeting and Verstappen, 20, ran his race to perfection, running with exemplary control, pace and skill while managing his tyres, where others were hampered by blistering.

Max Verstappen surprised the field by winning a dramatic Austrian Grand Prix on the day where Mercedes suffered its first double retirement in more than two years.The turn of events left Ferrari's.

It was a dramatic, crash-filled race at the Red Bull Ring in Austria and Red Bull Racing's Max Verstappen took his career's fourth win in the 2018 Formula 1 Austrian Grand Prix.

Hamilton's first retirement since October 2016 ended a run of 33 successive races in the points and while it was bound to come one day it still hurt for a champion whose vehicle has been relentlessly reliable.

Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel came second and third, with the German taking back the lead in the championship from Lewis Hamilton.

In other news, Romain Grosjean was awarded his first points of the season while his Haas teammate Kevin Magnussen also finished in the top ten.

Two-time champion Fernando Alonso came home eighth for McLaren ahead of Monegasque rising star Charles Leclerc and his Ferrari-powered Sauber team-mate Marcus Ericsson.

When Bottas went out on lap 14 after losing hydraulic pressure, Red Bull and Ferrari were quick to take advantage of the reduced pace on the track during the virtual safety vehicle period and got all their cars to the box for a tire swap.


Verstappen did not elaborate on the nature of the floor damage, only saying that it was not a result of the raised kerbs that caused problems for several drivers in the opening Red Bull Ring sessions. "I don't get it", he yelled. "So positive day but could have been better". "We've just thrown away a win", said Hamilton.

Max Verstappen duly obliged, as did Kimi Raikkonen with Hamilton joining the race just ahead of fierce rival Vettel.

Asked whether he was surprised that Mercedes did not stop then race leader Hamilton, Horner said: "I was surprised, it was a pretty much a given".

After Mercedes dominated qualifying to secure both spots on the front of the grid, many thought the race would simply be a procession to a Valtteri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton one-two. "I was left with no place to go at Turn 1 and lost the momentum", Vettel said.

On lap 53, he pitted again for super-softs, dropping a place to fifth behind Ricciardo, who nearly immediately slowed and stopped.

Hamilton dropped to fourth, and following a series of furious exchanges with the Mercedes pit wall, he then ran out of power with only seven laps remaining. Esteban Ocon (FRA/Force India-Mercedes) one lap, 7. Pierre Gasly (FRA/Toro Rosso-Honda) one lap, 12. Sergey Sirotkin (RUS/Williams-Mercedes) two laps, 14.

Shortly after being promoted above Hamilton, Ricciardo retired on lap 54 as he joined the ranks of attrition that also included Bottas and Renault's Nico Hulkenberg.

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