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Verstappen gives his orange army the win they wanted

5:06                                            Toto Wolff felt pleased with the opening practice session of the Austrian GP after Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas

Birthday boy Daniel Ricciardo has had to pull out of the Austria Grand Prix due to engine issues, but his Red Bull teammate Max Verstappen took advantage of a disastrous double no-finish for Mercedes to win the event.

Red Bull may not have had the quickest auto at the Red Bull Ring, but they finally clinched victory on home soil.

"It was awesome, very hard to manage the tyres, lot of blistering, but we managed to hang on", said Verstappen of Red Bull's first win at the circuit they own.

Max Verstappen has his sights on challenging for the drivers' title after winning the Austrian Grand Prix.

Verstappen was unmoved by Ricciardo's complaints, and said that an established team policy of one driver running in front each weekend should have been respected.

Daniel struggled with his tyres and Kimi was in second.

"Shortly after that we began to see an exhaust crack that was causing gearbox damage, forcing his retirement".

Having started the race 1-2 on the grid on the back of its biggest auto update of the season, Mercedes had every right to feel a bit of confidence about its hopes for the race.

Victory in Austria was his first of the year, his third successive podium and his fourth in five races.

The Australian is out of contract at the end of 2018 and had been waiting to see if there were options at Mercedes or Ferrari before committing to Red Bull, which will use Honda engines next year. "We are all delighted for him".

"It was hard racing but good racing". He managed to get through 57 laps on the super soft tyre to be just outside the top 10, with a pit stop needed to get home, when his gear box failed.

Horner says the team is being realistic about where it can compete this season but has no doubts it can stay in the hunt.

Only 14 cars finished the race, Mercedes' championship leader and pole sitter both retired with mechanical issues and it was not the straight-up one-stop grand prix that have led to many a tiresome Sunday afternoon drive. "The commitment, the resource, the facilities that Honda have available to them is really exciting for us so to be the focal point of attention with the two teams is fantastic for us". It was one that looked a distant possibility following Red Bull's dire qualifying. "I was in the lead, I tried to do my own pace". 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. I'm disappointed how the day went.

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

"Once you overheat the tyre, then you're in trouble".