Max Verstappen to leave Red Bull seeking Ferrari move

Max Verstappen to leave Red Bull seeking Ferrari move”

On a track that has brought him success, Lewis Hamilton will be hard pushed to repeat last year's win and close the gap on championship leader Sebastian Vettel at the Austrian Grand Prix on Sunday. The penalty comes at a particularly bad time in terms of momentum.

In Baku, Ricciardo only won after Vettel picked up a penalty for hitting Hamilton under the safety vehicle and Hamilton had to pit to change a loose headrest.

Teams must use the same gearbox for six straight races but Hamilton's Mercedes team made the change before reaching that requirement.

The agreement between Mateschitz and Formula One to revive the Austrian race at the historic but updated Österreichring - now Red Bull Ring - was struck in 2013, when Red Bull Racing was at the height of its powers and set to claim its fourth consecutive drivers and constructors titles.

Kimi Raikkonen, the 2007 champion, came home fifth in the second Ferrari ahead of Romain Grosjean of Haas, the two Force Indias of Sergio Perez and Esteban Ocon.

"I had two laps to go and had to defend which made it a pretty exciting race for me".

The RB13 has also been a troublesome auto this season, falling behind its rivals due to a different philosophy in design and a slightly underpowered by Renault in comparison to Ferrari and Mercedes.

Infiniti Red Bull racing's Belgian-Dutch driver Max Verstappen drives during the Formula One Grand Prix of Austria at the Red Bull Ring previous year.

Hamilton will need a better day in order to do so. "We've got a third team that are going to be battling it out with us".

"The auto is certainly getting there and it's all I can ask for".

Any ramifications of Vettel escaping any further punishment from the FIA will come from the media at the event, as the pre-race press conference will now be a hotbed of questioning for the German, as well as for Hamilton too.

"We'll see, it's a long race", the German driver said after missing out on a 48th career pole.

Bottas, his auto running on severely blistered tyres, finished just 0.658s ahead of Vettel, with Ricciardo a further six seconds behind.

Lance Stroll, meanwhile, will start a lowly 18th after failing to make it into Q2 - a disappointment following his third-place finish in Baku. Felipe Massa (Brazil, Williams-Mercedes) 22; 11.

By lap 12, the field had settled with Bottas leading Vettel by eight seconds and Ricciardo, Raikkonen and Hamilton, who was the first of the leading men to pit on lap 32, switching to ultra-softs.

Hamilton failed to find his best level in Q3, calling his drive "so-so". At the time and when I finished the race I was thinking maybe I could have, but he was in my blind spot so I didn't know.

That, at least, may boost Hamilton's morale.

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