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Leading the way in FP1 was Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton, whose fast lap of 1:04.839 was.127 of a second better than his closest pursuer and teammate, Valtteri Bottas.

Cheered by tens of thousands of orange-clad Dutch fans, Verstappen held on to claim his first win of the season, and fourth overall. But Vettel believes he should have achieved more at the Red Bull Ring. I'm excited to try them on track.

"We can't afford to throw away points", said Lewis Hamilton after problems with Mercedes at the Formula One Grand Prix of Austria. Going into the British GP at Silverstone next week, Vettel now leads with 146, followed by Hamilton.

Meanwhile, Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel also pitted. The last time Mercedes-AMG had a double mechanical retirement was the Italian Grand Prix in 1955.

'We don't need to make changes, ' Hamilton's boss Wolff said. I had plenty of people coming to see me before the race and saying it would be a walk in the park, one and two, you have the quickest auto, and I said "let's talk in two hours" and this is exactly how motor racing can go.

"I needed to catch up with the points, today was a very good day for me, and I hope we can continue like this".

When Bottas went out on lap 14 after losing hydraulic pressure, Red Bull and Ferrari were quick to take advantage of the reduced pace on the track during the virtual safety vehicle period and got all their cars to the box for a tire swap.

Wolff says the failures are painful to take.

"I had a lot of wheelspin at the start so lost some momentum into turn 1 so I lost a couple of places".

The four-times world champion has been critical of the difficulty to overtake that the current generation of cars present but said the sport is heading in the right direction but that greater competition at the front remained key as F1 considers new regulations for 2021. For tomorrow I believe the vehicle is stronger in relative pace in the race so it should be a close fight.

However, everything started to unravel on lap 14 when Valtteri Bottas exited the race from second place courtesy of a hydraulic problem which caused the gearbox to fail.

Under the virtual safety vehicle, all frontrunners stopped except for Hamilton due to a miscommunication.

The Red Bull driver put in a dominant display at the Red Bull ring, using the retirement of both Mercedes drivers to his advantage.

France's Romain Grosjean scored his first points of the season with a bang, finishing a lapped fourth for the US -owned Haas team, who also had Denmark's Kevin Magnussen taking the checkered flag in fifth.

Hamilton said over the radio that the team had thrown away a win and Mercedes chief strategist James Vowles responded that it was his fault.

With track temperatures significantly higher than during practice and qualifying in previous days, tire management became tricky.

Mercedes has been forced to apologise to a furious Lewis Hamilton, following a mid-race mix-up at the Austrian Grand Prix.

The Finn had started from pole, his first of the season, but lost out to Hamilton at the start and dropped to fourth before fighting back to second. "I'm sure the guys will be working to rectify things". "It was damage limitation but the pace was very good and the tire management was very good. So positive day but could have been better".

Esteban Ocon was sixth for Force India, ahead of Mexican teammate Sergio Perez, with McLaren's Fernando Alonso completing a remarkable afternoon with eighth place after starting in the pit lane. It features just nine turns and four long straights, with inclines of up to 12 per cent.


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