Austrian Grand Prix 2018 race results: Full classification - Verstappen wins, Hamilton out

As for his win, Verstappen, who is up to fifth in the championship said: "It was fantastic".

The afternoon began unravelling on lap 15 when pole-sitter Valtteri Bottas retired with a gearbox problem.

The Australian, out of contract at the end of the season but now expected to sign a new deal, had a testy exchange over the radio after having to run ahead of team mate Max Verstappen in the final shoot-out.

Indeed, Hamilton dropped to fourth when Mercedes pitted him on Lap 26, and he was unable to charge forward, with Vettel eventually diving inside of Hamilton entering Turn 3 on Lap 39 to take that position.

It was Verstappen's fourth career victory as he came home ahead of the Ferraris of Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel, who regained the lead in the drivers championship.

Red Bull may not have had the quickest auto at the Red Bull Ring, but they finally clinched victory on home soil. I lost a little bit more time at the stop, so for us it was very much damage limitation. "Today was a really good day for me and I just hope we can continue like this". Hats off to him because the tyres were so crucial there, you see the blisters and everything that's going on, he just managed to keep those temperatures down and manage it all the way through.

It, however, could have been a different story.

"It was a great shame not to have Daniel up on the podium as well, after running for many laps in P2, but then his rear tyre started to overheat which caused a second pit stop".

"I needed to catch up in the points", he agreed.

'I think that had Mercedes put a serious offer on the table, or an offer, he would have been potentially interested, ' said Horner.

"Max did a very mature job in managing the tires, particularly through Turns 8 and 9, the last two, the fast-right handers".

"I think the auto has been quite good today", he said.

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. It was one that looked a distant possibility following Red Bull's dire qualifying.

The race high attrition rate became obvious from the start.

"A positive day, but it could have been better - but a very well-deserved win for Max".

Meanwhile there were double points finishes for both Haas and Force India, but it was another disappointing weekend for Williams and McLaren.

The triple-header of consecutive French, Austrian and British races concludes next week at Silverstone with the championship now fascinatingly poised.

  • Stacy Allen