Verstappen used secret tactic to win Austrian Grand Prix

5:06                                            Toto Wolff felt pleased with the opening practice session of the Austrian GP after Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas

Daniel Ricciardo, the Dutchman's Red Bull team-mate, and Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton were forced into emergency second pit stops yet Verstappen managed the soft tyres he took on at his only stop for 56 laps.

Ricciardo's retirement means Red Bull has lost ground to new constructors' championship leader Ferrari, which completed the podium with Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel.

Meanwhile there were double points finishes for both Haas and Force India, but it was another disappointing weekend for Williams and McLaren.

Mercedes technical director James Allison believes the way his team dealt with its strategy mistake at the Austrian Grand Prix shows a healthy attitude towards failure within Mercedes.

Horner said that Verstappen did such a good job that the critical left rear tyre was operating at a cooler temperature than the right.

Verstappen's win in Red Bull's home race confirmed his status as F1's form man following his second place last week in France and a third position at the Canadian GP before then. He's always asking for information, managing those tyres, and that's why they didn't blister up. "He's seen and understood the decision making behind where we've gone", said Horner, referring to Red Bull's decision to switch from Renault to Honda engines next season. If you're calm, it's better.


Asked whether his earlier comments, reflected the fact that at the time he thought he had been "stitched up", he nodded and replied: "In the heat of it all, I thought so. Give me a run where I'm getting a tow instead of giving everyone else a tow".

"And with the fans, it was incredible. My view and my role as team principal of this team is that you're here to protect your workforce to make sure they're represented in the best possible way - that's on the good days and on the bad days". The orange smoke was coming as well.

"This is the sport I signed up for as a kid", he said but added that: "If I could live my youth again, I would probably change it!"

Horner hopes Red Bull can avoid taking a penalty at this weekend's race at Silverstone but expects them to tactically take it in Germany, ahead of Hungary where the Hungaroring's layout should suit their overall package. "When you look at the tables you look at the what ifs, and it could've been a lot closer than it is but there's still twelve races to go".

"Is it too late to start my MMA career? I'm out of contract so maybe I'll just swap sports altogether".

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