Formula One: Red Bull's Verstappen Wins Austrian GP As Mercedes Implodes

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In Austria, Vettel because of the fine started only sixth, but a double gathering of racers "the Mercedes of Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas helped the German to make the podium and take Hamilton the lead in the championship".

Hamilton was forced to retire from the Austrian Grand Prix but will be confident of overhauling his rival from Ferrari with 12 races still to go - starting with the British Grand Prix at Silverstone on Sunday. He did it in his first race for us in Barcelona, if you remember. Bottas retired in the 14 lap due to a gearbox problem, sparking a virtual safety vehicle period.

"When the Virtual Safety Car came into force Lewis Hamilton was at turn seven, so the team had enough time to get him in. There's a great energy about the team". "And the problems - we've done everything we can to make sure they don't happen again".

'I don't think it's a title decider but I can't predict what will happen.

Sauber's Charles Leclerc completed the top ten, despite a spin at Brooklands, while Marcus Ericsson capped a promising day of running for the Swiss team by coming 14th.

"The luck I'm having this year feels like a bit of a bad joke at the moment", said Bottas, who had collided with Vettel at the start of the previous race in France. "It's my mistake. Do what you can", replied Mercedes strategist James Vowles.

"I think that if you look at Mercedes' history, the team is basically what Ross [Brawn] put in place several years ago".

'We've had more success than failure, nobody's ideal and that's the way this sport is. It's just part of our sport.

We've ranked the drivers in order from lowest to highest wages but who earns the most? The upheaval continued this week when racing director Eric Boullier, a Frenchman who joined from Lotus in 2014, resigned, after technical head Tim Goss was moved aside in April. The Red Bull went backward across the grass and hit the wall with the right front first, pitching the right rear into the wall and breaking the suspension. "I had to watch it on my phone the other day but at least I got to see it".

'I'm focused on what we do. I think it's happening everywhere else. McLaren had said in 2017, when Honda took much of the flak, that it had one of the best chassis but Brown recognised on Thursday that had not been the case.

"Ferrari were probably better than us on tyres and we knew they would come back at us".

Fernando Alonso also had a big wobble as his McLaren ran wide but he managed to recover.

"I used to remember playing with Ashley at school but just watching on the edge of your seat, the passion is insane for everyone that's watching their country play".

"Obviously, there was an error that happened to us as a team".

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