Kimi Raikkonen will accept Ferrari 'team orders'

Max Verstappen wins Austrian F1 as Mercedes ruins Lewis Hamilton's day, Sebastian Vettel takes title lead

Verstappen and Raikkonen fought hard on the opening lap of Sunday's Austrian Grand Prix. "At the moment I don't know", Raikkonen added.

"But I say "we hope not" because every time a auto stops in an uncontrolled way where a failure happens and systems are shut down in a way which is unusual, we can't be completely sure until we have done all the necessary checks that all the bits of the vehicle which are sealed and which do attract penalties weren't affected". I just had to drive around the issue.

"I'm not really satisfied", he said.

"In the second I did it a bit quieter and this probably cost me the pole", said Raikkonen. Vettel placed third, 3.18 seconds behind Verstappen.

It is expected that Ferrari will replace the 38-year-old with Sauber youngster Charles Leclerc for 2019.


The top three in qualifying today finished closer together than any other result this season.

A fifth consecutive victory would beat Jim Clark's streak of four and his sixth win overall would move him beyond Clark and Alain Prost's record of five. Räikkönen was third with 101 points, Daniel Ricciardo with 96, and Verstappen with 93 points.

During that span, Verstappen, Raikkonen, and Vettel all went into the pit and changed to softer tires, while Hamilton passed.

The decision made Hamilton unhappy, telling his crew that they have thrown away the win. The Fin claimed he lost time in the second sector. Hamilton insisted that they should have won the race.

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