Friday, 20 July, 2018

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

Australian GP Sebastian Vettel won this year's Australian Grand Prix with Lewis Hamilton second
Betsy Taylor | 07 July, 2018, 02:49

Verstappen went on to control the race once Mercedes' failure to pit Lewis Hamilton under the early virtual safety vehicle, caused by Hamilton's team-mate Valtteri Bottas's retirement from second place, cost the Briton track position later on.

Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas started from pole position ahead of his team mate Lewis Hamilton. But the important thing is that we had a good Friday, everything we put on the vehicle seemed to work, and I felt happy with the balance of the auto straight away and managed to find a good rhythm from the beginning.

"It's one of the best tracks because it's so physical".

"I just think all these things are unnecessary because sometimes it's not that you lose your mind or do something insane because you intend to, you just try to push the limits and you might do a mistake. It's just the way the sport is".

The British Grand Prix is one of them and the driver who wears his heart on his sleeve returns to Silverstone once more revelling in being able to perform in front of his home crowd.

However, due to the city hosting the Moomba Festival, and to avoid a clash with the start of the AFL season, the race will be brought forward a week earlier to commence of March 14 and conclude on March 17. The once-dominant team has not won a race since 2012 or stood on the podium since 2014.


The pilot Ferrari Sebastian Vettel after the Austrian Grand Prix back on the top of the standings of Formula 1.

Asked by Autosport why Verstappen was so much stronger in that area, Horner replied: "Max has got a great ability to do that". I think overall, it's not going to change the world in my opinion. "At the moment I don't know", Raikkonen added. Hamilton joked. "I want to watch the game". "The track temps were more than 50 degrees today and it's going to be the same thing tomorrow afternoon and also Sunday afternoon, so we just need to deal with that. I think everyone needs to recognise that". Nobody is going to talk about whether one was more hard than the other.

"This is a Mercedes circuit, it has been for a long time, and Ferrari have come here and topped them".

Fernando Alonso also had a big wobble as his McLaren ran wide but he managed to recover. Alonso denied he was calling the shots at McLaren, with his former race engineer Andrea Stella promoted to performance director and Brazilian Gil de Ferran, an Indy 500 victor with whom Alonso worked at Indianapolis in 2017, brought in as sporting director.

And on the battle with Ferrari, Hamilton admitted: "It's going to be very, very close this weekend, the Ferraris are really fast".

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