Red Bull Reveal Secret to Verstappen's Austria Win

Posted July 04, 2018

Red Bull team principal Christian Horner believes Mercedes threw chief strategist James Vowles "under the bus" when he was broadcast on team radio taking the blame for an error in the Austrian Grand Prix.

Verstappen has four career GP victories despite having never won pole position in F1.

Mr. Hamilton leads the 2018 Drivers' Championship with his total of 145 points, Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel is 2nd with 131 points and Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo is 3rd with 96 points.

"I couldn't have chosen a better race to do it, so very happy", the Dutchman, cheered on by an estimated 20,000 countrymen in the crowd, added.

Capitalising on Mercedes' failures at the Red Bull Ring, Verstappen claimed his first race win of the season in front of a largely Dutch fanbase.

"It was absolutely nailed in the first lap".

Asked by Autosport if that was the same problem Verstappen suffered in Friday practice, Horner replied: "I'm not sure whether it's the same or not".

"It was all about keeping the slip, the temperatures under control, particularly the left rear".

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"He was constantly asking for information and managing those tyres and that is why they didn't blister up". Red Bull is third in the constructors' championship, 58 points adrift of Ferrari. Verstappen said he had just tried to do his own race as first Bottas and then Hamilton disappeared from the reckoning.

"I'm not too impressed to be honest", said Ricciardo. So I think you'd have to consider us as an outside contender.

Verstappen pitted under the virtual safety vehicle on lap 15 along with his teammate and both Ferrari's, committing all of them on a one-stop strategy until Daniel Ricciardo reported serious blistering and opted for a fresh set soon after.

"It was a ballsy call but it was the right thing to do and it paid dividends".

However, for now, the talented Australian is the best option to help the team secure some silverware and they will be overjoyed to have him staying on. Now, the same tactic has been highlighted by his team as the reason behind of his victory.

Christian Horner believes Red Bull would now be leading the Formula One world championship if it hadn't dropped so many points in the opening nine races of 2018.

Nine races into the 2018 Formula 1 campaign, the series' top manufacturers all have three wins respectively. Horner commented on this by adding that support from Renault has been steady since the team's decision to switch to Honda next year.

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