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Horner: Red Bull should be leading F1 championship

05 July, 2018, 06:48 | Author: Hannah Francis
  • Daniel Ricciardo upset with team, and his teammate, after F1 qualifying in Austria

The normally upbeat and broad-smiling Australian, who will celebrate his 29th birthday on Sunday and whose future with the team remains unresolved, qualified a disappointing seventh, two behind Red Bull team-mate Max Verstappen. Hamilton was unhappy before his late retirement complaining to his team that "we've just thrown away a win", by bungling the timing of a tyre change.

"It was hard racing but good racing", agreed Verstappen. "The auto feels better in certain areas around the track, which is already a step forward from last week".

Mercedes head of motorsport, Toto Wolff, agreed with Horner's call for more transparency.

"It is a necessary step".

"It's unbelievable to win here for Red Bull at the Red Bull Ring and with so many Dutch fans here".

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In Barcelona, in May two years ago, Lewis Hamilton and then team mate Nico Rosberg lined up on the front row in dominant fashion and then collided. The Finnish driver also earned his first podium result here, in a Williams in 2014. I mean of course we're not playing in the World Cup so it's a bit easier for them to come over here, but in general, great support.

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




In the second segment of qualifying fastest was Vettel ahead of Hamilton by just 0,033 seconds. There are circuits that will not be so good for us but I thin one of our major assets is that as a race team we are extremely versatile and we've been very creative on strategy, pit stops, pit work. Our priority has been firstly to get the engine situation sorted, and now things are progressing well with Daniel. "Mercedes had the upper hand today, they looked very quick in all conditions but I think it was a tricky Friday".

Despite still being hampered by its Renault power unit, which has failed to close the gap to Mercedes and Ferrari, Red Bull has still been able to stay competitive this season.

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

In the afternoon, the Dutch driver was slowed by a damaged floor.

"Did you see that?", Vettel asked his team over the radio.

If you missed any of the news or action, here is your Debrief from all that happened at the Red Bull Ring. Ricciardo said he was unhappy that Verstappen did not "play fair" by refusing to give him a slipstream in a tense and hotly-contested session.

Third practice is scheduled for Saturday, followed by qualifying.

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