Red Bull chief hails victorious Verstappen’s maturity

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MercedesAMG have won in the last 4 Grands Prix at the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg, Austria.

Daniel Ricciardo feared he had been "stitched up" by Red Bull in qualifying for the Austrian Grand Prix on Saturday but mustered a smile after talking it through with team boss Christian Horner.

It was clear running for Mr. Hamilton, as he took Top Spot from Verstappen early in the session and never gave it up.

"It's quite hard without knowing the intricacies of other teams, but the one thing you have to do as a team is win as a team and lose as a team and that's why we don't often - or hardly at all - in success or failure talk about individuals, because that puts an unfair amount of scrutiny and pressure on that individual".

"I am not that happy, that is all".

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Now, Red Bull chief Christian Horner has quashed any fears of a Ricciardo departure with his latest comments on the 29-year-old's contract situation.

"It was absolutely nailed in the first lap".

When asked what happened to his vehicle, Ricciardo seemed unconvinced and unhappy with the explanation given to him by his team.

"Unbelievable", added Horner. "He was keeping the rear left cooler than the rear right, and the rear left here is the one that takes all the load". "It was a really mature drive because the tyres were so crucial with the blisters and everything that is going on - he just managed to keep those temperatures down and managed it all the way through". However, the team's struggles to place both cars in the points has hindered it from advancing in the Constructors' Title hunt.

"I'm not too impressed to be honest", he told reporters. "I think after Silverstone then we can start to go to a few tracks, I think especially Hungary, that's a track where we should aim for".

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Lewis Hamilton lost the lead of the race when the team failed to pit him under a Virtual Safety Car period following Valtteri Bottas' retirement on lap 14.

Clearly feeling that he should have had some help from his teammate in terms of a tow, the Australian complained that Red Bull's strategy had not been fair.

Listen to Lewis Hamilton's team radio during the Austrian GP after his team failed to pit him during the safety vehicle.

"It's a dream result", added a jubilant Horner.

"Formula 1 is full of ifs, buts and maybes, but if you look at the positions that we were in and should have been in then we should be leading the championship today - but the scoreboard is slightly different to that".

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