Mercedes admit they cost Lewis Hamilton victory but dismiss need for change

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And the young Red Bull star was delighted as he took the chequered flag in Austria. "It was incredible to win here with so many Dutch fans".

Verstappen took the lead after Mercedes kept Hamilton out during a virtual safety vehicle period that followed Bottas's retirement on lap 14, with all the others behind the Briton pitting for fresh tyres. "We had a hydraulic leak that was linked to the steering on Valtteri and a drop in fuel pressure on Lewis's auto which was linked to the fuel system".

Haas teammates Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen finished the race in fourth and fifth place, respectively.

The Brit is looking forward to seeing the updates in action during Friday's practices at the Red Bull Ring.

Vettel, who started sixth after collecting a three place grid penalty, now has 146 points to Hamilton's 145 after nine rounds and with the Briton's home race at Silverstone next weekend. "Luckily I could manage it until the end of the race". "It was damage limitation for me and a positive day".

'We don't need to make changes, ' Hamilton's boss Wolff said.

"The VSC came out, we had half a lap to react, and we didn't".

Sauber driver Marcus Ericsson was slowest, a tenth of a second off Hartley after he had to abandon his final lap having set his personal best first sector.

"Eight seconds?" Hamilton asked.

Bottas was also cautious, noting that the upgraded engine didn't drastically increase Mercedes' advantage in France.

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"My gearbox is gone", he told the team.

On Lap 64, the championship leader Lewis Hamilton retired from the race as Lewis Hamilton lost all power from his vehicle.

Hamilton was rightly fuming on the radio at this stage as chief strategist James Vowles took complete ownership of the error saying on radio: "This is James, I have thrown away the win today".

Hamilton lost the lead of the Australian Grand Prix under due to a strategy miscalculation in March and the Mercedes pit wall also made a questionable call at the Chinese Grand Prix in April that saw Hamilton pass up an opportunity to mimic Daniel Ricciardo's race-winning strategy.

At the front, Verstappen led his Red Bull team-mate Ricciardo by 4.9 seconds with Raikkonen third, a second down, and Hamilton a further six-tenths adrift.

"I don't get it", he yelled.

"I had plenty of people coming to see me before the start and saying, 'This was going to be a walk in the park, 1-2, you have the quickest vehicle'". I have thrown away the win. Verstappen had slight blistering, but Hamilton's left rear was a mass of blistered rubber. Kimi Raikkonen (FIN/Ferrari) at 1.504sec, 3.

That came back to bite him. Sergio Perez (MEX/Force India-Mercedes) one lap, 8. Charles Leclerc (MON/Sauber-Ferrari) one lap, 10.

12 Carlos Sainz Jr.

Williams driver Lance Stroll, who did a good job to make Q2 for the first time since the Azerbaijan Grand Prix two months ago rounded out the top 15.