Published: Thu, July 05, 2018
Sport | By Victor Mcdonald

Horner: 'An unbelievable race nailed in the first lap by mature Max'

Horner: 'An unbelievable race nailed in the first lap by mature Max'

Max Verstappen said it was a ideal race to win as a Red Bull Racing driver after he took the chequered flag in Austria on Sunday.

"The tyres are very sensitive and it can happen in the first five laps, if you're too aggressive, the tyre starts to open up and the damage is done".

Mercedes and Ferrari have expressed concern, with the latter team threatening to quit the sport because it is unhappy with Liberty's proposal to simplify engines and redistribute prize money among teams after the current contract expires at the end of 2020.

So, yeah, wonderful that they all came over here.

"We knew that they would come back on us at the end of the race. It can be very, very cruel and I think we had all the cruelty go against us today".

Ferrari's (NYSE:RACE) Sebastian Vettel has work to do this weekend if he is to make ground on Mr. Hamilton, he was 4th fastest Friday morning behind Red Bull Racing's 3rd-placed Max Verstappen. With the field bunched up, Hamilton's advantage was shot, and when he pitted, Verstappen took over the lead ahead of team-mate Daniel Ricciardo.

Mercedes have yet to confirm either of their drivers for 2019, with Hamilton expected to agree a lucrative new deal imminently and Finland's Valtteri Bottas also expected to stay.

And rival Red Bull boss Horner is frustrated because his driver Daniel Ricciardo will not commit his future until Hamilton makes up his mind, The Sun reports.

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"I think in general it was not the best day but there is still room for improvement".

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.

"Max had a great first lap", he added. Fernando Alonso took McLaren to eighth place, which was an unexpected result given that he started from the pits. "We can all understand there is a financial reality that needs to be respected".

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.

"Obviously it would've been nice to start further up", he said.

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

Formula One's unprecedented triple-header concludes next weekend (July 6-8) with the British Grand Prix at Silverstone. It was double points finish for Sauber - with Charles Leclerc finishing ninth and Marcus Ericsson taking tenth place.

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