F1 Austrian GP: Max Verstappen wins Red Bull’s home race - reactions


"I anticipate it being one of the closest qualifying sessions that we've probably had this season".

"Maybe it helps with overtaking, but if you end up just driving past another auto, that isn't very exciting either". 'I am not going to be able to pass these guys.

Hamilton's retirement, his first in 33 races, ensured a 15-point championship swing in Vettel's favour.

The changes to the aerodynamics of the chassis came a week after Mercedes finally introduced its improved engine, which helped Hamilton to a convincing win at the French GP.

Hamilton headed the pair of 90-minute practice sessions in overcast conditions at the Red Bull Ring, while Valtteri Bottas backed up his team-mate by placing second.

Mercedes are set to make Hamilton F1's first £40million driver - with his contract extension due to be announced before next week's British Grand Prix - but it is understood they are not anxious by their star driver's contribution to the song despite its raunchy lyrics.

"We all were in pain about the mistake that we made", he says.

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"Ideally, we would like a little time now to study the data and the produce new parts for the vehicle, but there is no time for that so we have to try to do our best".

Two weeks later in Azerbaijan, he led again after a safety auto, but with three laps remaining sustained a puncture from running over debris and lost what looked like a guaranteed 25 points - and first victory of the season.

Chief strategist James Vowles, his words relayed to a global audience of millions over the team radio, took full responsibility and said his mistake had thrown away the win. The VSC came out, we had half a lap to react and we didn't. We were comfortably ahead but we will work on it and will try to re-evaluate to come back stronger for the next race.

He played down talk of a team crisis and said he retained his motivation because he felt very privileged to be one of 20 drivers in the world "doing this job". And he came on the radio and said, "I don't know how many are listening right now in Brixworth and Brackley but I can not remember when I DNF'd last time".

Moments later, Hamilton was back on the radio again. "I hope when we get to Austria that the journalists ask him if he will change his approach because that is what I heard for so many races", Verstappen told Sky Sports F1.

Vowles subsequently twice spoke to Hamilton directly, apologising for the mistake and trying to motivate him, saying "Give us what you can", and later, "We trust in you and believe in you". We want to beat Ferrari on track - you can also see that Montreal was also our track in the past but we were unable to win the race there because we lacked performance and the others brought their engine upgrades but we couldn't. "By admitting a mistake it is easier to get yourself out of a spiral".

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