Max Verstappen Wins Austrian GP As Sebastian Vettel Grabs Lead In Standings

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The Red Bull Ring track record of 1:04.251 set previous year by Bottas in the final round of qualifying remained intact.

With tyres an issue for all the lead cars, Verstappen said he was doing everything he could to hold on under late pressure from Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel. "It was fantastic to win here with so many Dutch fans".

"It looks like we're going well".

Esteban Ocon ended up 11th after his final Q2 lap fell nearly two tenths of a second short of beating Hulkenberg, who improved by enough on his second run to jump ahead of the Force India. Dropping behind Raikkonen, Daniel Ricciardo, and race victor Max Verstappen in the standings, Bottas is 52 points off the championship lead and his challenge for this season is all but done. "It was damage limitation for me and a positive day". "It is not a great feeling for all of us", Hamilton said.

Hamilton struggled so much that he was forced to make a second stop before his retirement, while race victor Verstappen and the Ferrari drivers only made one. The Ferrari driver was briefly in second but was soon overtaken by Bottas again and Verstappen.

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"Not too bad, I'm happy with it", he said when asked what he felt about coming second in qualifying.

Valtteri Bottas suffered a hydraulic leak early in the race, whilst Hamilton's problem was related to his fuel pump, confirmed Wolff, therefore both were nothing to do with the spec-two power unit.

Valtteri Bottas was the first Mercedes to suffer.

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

Mercedes have dominated the sport since 2014, but they are crumbling under the fiercer competition provided by both Ferrari and Red Bull this year.

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"It's my mistake. Do what you can", replied Mercedes strategist James Vowles.

Verstappen's Red Bull team-mate Australian Daniel Ricciardo was also forced to retire on his 29th birthday.

"I don't get it", he yelled. But i have every confidence in my team that we will be able to bounce back. "We've just thrown away a win", said Hamilton. Verstappen had slight blistering, but Hamilton's left rear was a mass of blistered rubber.

On his final lap, Bottas shaded Hamilton in the first and third sector, with Hamilton only two thousandths faster in the middle sector - adding up to pole position by 19 thousandths of a second. Romain Grosjean (FRA/Haas-Ferrari) one lap, 5. Magnussen's best time was a 1:06.404 on his 21st lap, placing him 12th on the speed chart.

While Hamilton admitted he was not yet up to speed with the precise nature of the updates, he acknowledged that it was the biggest package of changes Mercedes has produced so far in 2018. In all 33 Grand Prix since then, Hamilton had finished inside the points and set a new record for consecutive points finishes.

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Honda-powered Toro Rosso had Pierre Gasly inside the top 10 in both sessions, although he damaged the car's suspension in the second stint. Carlos Sainz Jr (ESP/Renault) one lap, 13.

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