Christian Horner praises 'disciplined' and 'mature' Max Verstappen

Christian Horner praises 'disciplined' and 'mature' Max Verstappen

Christian Horner praises 'disciplined' and 'mature' Max Verstappen

Red Bull team boss Christian Horner took his hat off to Max Verstappen for achieving an unbelievable drive in which the young Dutchman showed that he was an old head on a young pair of shoulders.

"So phenomenal for us to win in a Red Bull vehicle at the Red Bull Ring, be given the trophy by an ex-Red Bull driver".

"He was constantly asking for information and managing those tyres and that is why they didn't blister up". "It was wonderful to win here with so many Dutch fans".

Ricciardo's retirement means Red Bull has lost ground to new constructors' championship leader Ferrari, which completed the podium with Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel.

Sauber duo Charles Leclerc and Marcus Ericsson finished ninth and 10th.

The Red Bulls ended up fifth and seventh on the grid, Verstappen and Ricciardo sandwiching Romain Grosjean's Haas.

Vettel leads the title race with 146 points ahead of Hamilton on 145, Raikkonen on 101 and Ricciardo on 96.

"Hats off to him", said Horner. I'm disappointed how the day went.

Verstappen said an established team policy of one driver running in front each weekend should have been respected.

"We had three runs and I was just punching a hole for everyone and I think if you get one run fair enough, each..."

Last year's victor in Austria was Bottas, driving for MercedesAMG. "Give me a run where I'm getting a tow instead of giving everyone else a tow".

Hamilton then opened up a 2.4 seconds lead as the field was stretched on the tight, short track.

Scuderia Toro Rosso's Brandon Hartley and McLaren's Stoffel Vandoorne were also forced to retire on lap 55 and lap 66, respectively, with unknown issues.

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

As well as Hamilton's retirement, the Dutchman benefited from a tactical blunder by Mercedes, who failed to send their drivers in for a pit stop when the virtual safety auto was deployed on lap 14.

"That was perhaps the most apprehension that I had in the last 25% of the race".

Mercedes' chief strategist, James Vowles, immediately apologized to Hamilton over the board radio for the mistake.

In the end, their efforts were rewarded when Verstappen took the chequered flag ahead of both Ferraris.

"I don't get it guys".

Daniel Ricciardo says "miscommunication" led to his rant on Saturday about being stitched up in an unfair qualifying session.

It was clear that tyre wear was emerging as a critical factor.

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