Verstappen wins in Austria as Vettel grabs lead in standings

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"Up until now we've not really had a lot of development parts on the auto, so it's great to see", he said. "It was awesome to win here with so many Dutch fans".

Red Bull's Max Verstappen wins his first race of the season at the 2018 Austrian Grand Prix after much drama from the front leaders throughout the race.

This also means that Sebastian Vettel now reclaims the championship lead with one point from Lewis Hamilton.

"I told Max he had a very good race", said Vettel. "It was damage limitation for me and a positive day".

"The auto feels better in certain areas around the track which is already a step forward from last week", said Hamilton.

"The VSC came out, we had half a lap to react, and we didn't".

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.

All four leading drivers were separated by only 0.400 seconds.

"Not too bad, I'm happy with it", he said when asked what he felt about coming second in qualifying. Renault's Nico Hulkenberg suffered engine gremlins and retired early in the race.

Bottas, victor in Austria previous year from pole, also agreed that the updates were working well.

Valtteri Bottas also welcomed any gains that have been made on the chassis side with the new parts, given Mercedes' close battle with Ferrari and Red Bull. "The soft tyre fell apart which was odd, not sure why it did but I think the broken exhaust was what killed the race in the end".

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"Ultimately the guys on the pit wall, you have to put 100% confidence and faith in", said Hamilton, after strategist James Vowles had apologised over team radio for making the wrong call on the VSC.

He dropped to fifth, behind Daniel Ricciardo, but moved up one place when the Australian retired with a mechanical failure.

"I don't get it guys".

"He went a completely different way with the set-up and maybe in hindsight I should have gone that direction as well".

"It's great when you get out there because you feel those couple of points straight away, in a certain corner, you feel those improvements so I'm looking forward to experiencing it tomorrow and will try and figure out where those improvements are on the circuit". Verstappen had slight blistering, but Hamilton's left rear was a mass of blistered rubber.

Mercedes had won all four previous races since the Austrian GP was reinstated to the F1 calendar following a 10-year absence in 2014, with Hamilton and Bottas the only drivers in Sunday's field to have won the race before. Kimi Raikkonen (FIN/Ferrari) at 1.504sec, 3.

Between the two sessions, Haas F1 Team ran a total of 133 laps - 69 by Grosjean and 64 by Magnussen.

Fernando Alonso's disappointing season suffered another setback even before the race.

12 Carlos Sainz Jr.

Williams driver Sergey Sirotkin had set his personal best first sector when the yellow flags hit in the middle sector, meaning he ended up 18th after three runs. Lance Stroll (CAN/Williams-Mercedes) two laps, 15.

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