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

Daniel Ricciardo French GP 2018

Last year's victor in Austria was Bottas, driving for MercedesAMG. In the end the decision proved inconsequential as Hamilton retired with a loss of fuel pressure nine laps from the end, but had he finished the race it would have cost the reigning world champion at least 13 points.

Up ahead, however, Ricciardo was struggling with blistering tyres in the Austrian sun. The Dutchman managed the race from there on and fended off the two charging Ferraris in the closing laps to secure Red Bull's first win on home soil.

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

Aston Martin Red Bull Racing's Daniel Ricciardo enjoyed his first day of running in Austria, finishing fifth and fourth quickest in Free Practice One and Two respectively.

"It was wonderful", exclaimed Verstappen. Leclerc is doing a very impressive job at Sauber but its hard to gauge just how good he is now performing when Ericsson is so consistently off his pace.

Verstappen's victory was Red Bull's first at the Red Bull Ring since the circuit returned to the F1 calendar four years ago.

"So, yeah, awesome that they all came over here", he said. It's just not my thing, I don't have the need to share. This morning I felt better on the soft tyre than the ultra and this afternoon I did a better time on the supersoft than the ultrasoft.

"We had three runs and I was just punching a hole for everyone".

Raikkonen took second place after a week of febrile speculation that he is destined to be replaced by Charles Leclerc, perhaps as early as August.

Q: (Scott Mitchell - Autosport) Max and Kimi; although the race was 71 laps long, it was effectively decided by the move at turn seven on a frenetic opening lap. "I think the whole driver market is waiting for Toto's driver to kick that off", said the Red Bull boss. "We can all understand there is a financial reality that needs to be respected".

Vettel was able to close in on team-mate Raikkonen in the closing stages of the race but, despite Vettel's advantage in the championship standings, Ferrari opted not to switch it's drivers.

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.

"Obviously it would've been nice to start further up", he said. The new version should make reliability better, according to the manufacturer, but the team decided not to deploy it as Verstappen and Ricciardo would have received grid penalties for using yet another version.

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

The result was particularly important for Grosjean, who had hitherto failed to score a point through a series of critical driver errors.

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