Austrian GP: Verstappen ran with 'cut' Red Bull floor in practice


Verstappen relished it all at the front of the field as he managed his tires and cruised to victory at the Red Bull Ring.

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.

In the ensuring virtual safety auto period, Ferrari and Red Bull cars pitted but Mercedes didn't.

Red Bull made the most of their chances on a track that should have favoured Mercedes and Ferrari and it will be a huge boost, especially as Mercedes employed their first major aero upgrade in Austria.

Not only was Red Bull's victory from fourth on the grid unexpected, it represented the team's first at their own circuit in five attempts. While Mercedes chief strategist James Vowles apologised on the radio for the same, the damage was enough to push Hamilton down to fourth as he entered the pits, while handing over the lead Verstappen, followed by Raikkonen in second and Ricciardo in third.

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Ricciardo ultimately retired from fourth in the race with an exhaust problem. With temperatures much higher than at any other point across the weekend, the tires were suffering badly.

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.

Grosjean wrapped FP2 as the seventh-quickest driver with a time of 1:05.429, which was.599 of a second better than his best lap in FP1.

"There are things you can do to override decisions from the pit wall", Hamilton told Sky Sports when asked about the decision not to pit under the virtual safety vehicle. "You can decide to stay out, but the guys on the pit wall - you have to put 100 per cent faith in them". "I am not going to be able to pass these guys. I'm looking forward to getting the auto back and trying to understand what the problem is, and I know the guys will be working hard to rectify it and make sure it doesn't happen again". "This is definitely the worst weekend I can remember us having for a long, long time but I have every confidence in my team".

Hamilton won the French Grand Prix last Sunday in which Vettel finished fifth after colliding with Hamilton's teammate Valtteri Bottas at the first corner.

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"I don't think it's the tyres, it's the auto balance we were not happy with". "There were no signs of any issue before so it just happened suddenly".

"We've got to find a bulletproof method to move forward for strategy".

"I had a lot of wheelspin at the start so lost some momentum into turn 1 so I lost a couple of places".

"Everyone in the team is really feeling the pain today but I think you just have to look at it, we've had such great reliability for so many years and as painful as it is, and we are perfectionists, we really have to take the rough with the smooth".

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