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Clever tyre management key to win - Verstappen

04 July 2018
Clever tyre management key to win - Verstappen

"It was fantastic to win here with so many Dutch fans".

Having qualified towards the back of the grid, Hartley took a penalty for a replacement power unit and started at the back.

"He was constantly asking for information and managing those tyres and that is why they didn't blister up".

"He's put in... the last three races he's been third, second, and first with three very impressive drives so yeah, he tends to be looking forward not backwards".

Verstappen was propelled into the lead of the race as drama unfolded in front, with Valtteri Bottas retiring and Mercedes failing to pit Lewis Hamilton under the ensuing Virtual Safety Car period.

It was an important victory for Verstappen, who had been heavily criticised in the opening six races of the year for a string of messy crashes that cost him points and a potential victory in China.

"Shortly after that we began to see an exhaust crack that was causing gearbox damage, forcing his retirement".

"This is exactly how motor racing can go". "Today was definitely a very good day for me".

"It was going good and all of a sudden it quickly fell apart".

The Austrian Grand Prix was expected to be a pedestrian affair, but a combination of mechanical failures and the effects of the highest track temperatures of the weekend on the tyres conspired to deliver an unpredictable race.

"From my side I felt in control, I was driving to the best I could with the vehicle I had and at the end we were struggling a little more than Ferrari with the tyre blistering but we managed to stay ahead".

He had the Ferrari of Raikkonen chasing him down in the closing stages but had enough in reserve to score a win at the home of Red Bull.

Neither of the Red Bulls finished in Bahrain and Azerbaijan, while Mercedes had a double retirement in Austria that ended Hamilton's record run of 33 successive races in the points. "Soon. The time is not far away". Finn is the second season in a row, taking a pole position in Spielberg.

A grim-faced Daniel Ricciardo showed how upset he felt Saturday by claiming Red Bull had treated him unfairly in qualifying at the Austrian Grand Prix.

Asked whether he had thought at the time that he was being "stitched up", Ricciardo said: "During the heat of it all, I thought so". We managed to hang on until the end.

On the back of the Woking-based outfit's competitive struggles, Barnard suggested that so big was the change needed to turn things around that the whole company may not be able to survive.

"Dana White (UFC boss) if you're listening - I've got some work to do but maybe you can sign me in a couple of years ..."

"I don't know how long that will take, [or] whether the team can survive that kind of a fundamental turnaround".