Red Bull boss warns F1 over 'vanilla-type regulations'

Dean Simpson
July 5, 2018

Some aggressive driving on the opening lap to muscle his way past Kimi Raikkonen, and then a masterclass in tyre management to look after some badly blistered tyres, helped the Dutchman get himself back into championship contention.

Mercedes and Ferrari have expressed concern, with the latter team threatening to quit the sport because it is unhappy with Liberty's proposal to simplify engines and redistribute prize money among teams after the current contract expires at the end of 2020.

"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 ..."

It ultimately proved costly when the VSC ended, as Hamilton did not have a big enough lead over Verstappen, Ricciardo, and Raikkonen to stay ahead of them when it came time for him to pit.

He said: "For the race I was very happy in general with how the auto was behaving but I always just try to do my best race possible; if that is going to be first, second, third, it's not in your hand".

He was then perfectly placed as Bottas and later Lewis Hamilton both retired with mechanical issues, while Verstappen's team-mate Daniel Ricciardo was also forced to stop out on track.

"I think the vehicle has been quite good today", he said. "I was going in front last weekend in Paul Riccard, he was going the race before that in front so we just discuss that and this was his weekend to go in front".

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

"So phenomenal for us to win in a Red Bull vehicle at the Red Bull Ring, be given the trophy by an ex-Red Bull driver".

When Hamilton did pit, he came back out in fourth place.

"Until we get the cars back and stripped, it's hard to say". Fortunately, he was able to hold on for a win ahead of Ferrari duo Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel.

"Obviously it would've been nice to start further up", he said.

F1 2018's second-youngest driver claimed his fourth career win on a day the whole field suffered with unexpected levels of tyre blistering after temperatures rocketed on Sunday in the Styrian mountains.

The race high attrition rate became obvious from the start.

Force India's Esteban Ocon and Sergio Perez finished sixth and seventh, separated by less than two seconds, and McLaren's Fernando Alonso picked up four points in eighth.

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

Sauber recorded is first double-points-finish since 2015 thanks to Charles Leclerc and Marcus Ericsson's ninth and 10th places.

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