Dutchman wins Aston Martin Red Bull Racing Home Race

Dutchman wins Aston Martin Red Bull Racing Home Race

Max Verstappen believes he can still be a contender for the Formula One drivers' championship after scoring his first Grand Prix win of the season in Austria. "It was very hard to manage the tyres, we really had to look after them, and we managed to hang on until the end".

"The vehicle came very good, but we just ran out of laps", said Raikkonen, reflecting on his victory chase.

The 29-year-old started emphatically, climbing from seventh to second early in the race, but when the condition of his tires forced him into an unscheduled pit-stop, a sudden power loss ended the Aussie's day on the 54 lap.

Mercedes has won all four races since the Austrian GP returned to the calendar in 2014.

Ricciardo's teammate Verstappen, who started fourth, held off a late charge from Kimi Raikkonen in the other Ferrari to celebrate his fourth career victory and first of the season.

"So, yeah, unbelievable that they all came over here", he said. His enthusiastic celebratory message over the radio said it all - he might look likely to be staying at Mercedes for 2019, but the Finn is in desperate need of a win to propel himself back towards the title fight.

Horner remains in talks with Daniel Ricciardo over his Red Bull future and has the option of recalling Carlos Sainz Jr from Renault if the Australian chooses to depart.

"I think the auto has been quite good today", he said.

France's Romain Grosjean scored his first points of the season with a bang, finishing a lapped fourth for the US -owned Haas team, who also had Denmark's Kevin Magnussen taking the chequered flag in fifth.

"I hope that with next week's meeting we have a little more understanding and input, and then we'll see how it ends up".

When Hamilton did pit, he came back out in fourth place. So phenomenal for us to win in a Red Bull auto at the Red Bull Ring, be given the trophy by an ex-Red Bull driver, a Red Bull day all round.

Vettel was able to close in on team-mate Raikkonen in the closing stages of the race but, despite Vettel's advantage in the championship standings, Ferrari opted not to switch it's drivers.

"Obviously it would've been nice to start further up", he said. Even Kimi has Instagram now this year and he's doing very well.

The result was particularly important for Grosjean, who had hitherto failed to score a point through a series of critical driver errors.

Meanwhile there were double points finishes for both Haas and Force India, but it was another disappointing weekend for Williams and McLaren.

Sauber duo Charles Leclerc and Marcus Ericsson finished ninth and 10th.