Horner: Max Verstappen hasn't changed his style

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Red Bull team boss Christian Horner has hailed Max Verstappen's ability to manage his tyres on route to winning the Austrian Grand Prix.

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.

Having started the season with back-to-back wins and adding another victory in Montreal, Vettel recovered well from suffering a second serious setback in as many weeks on Saturday.

Horner said: "The whole driver market is waiting for Toto's driver to kick that off".

Ahead, Verstappen, who has received criticism aplenty for the errors that he's made over the course of the 2018 season, took his first win of the year.

- He duly held his nerve to the delight of the swathes of Dutch supporters dressed in orange and local Austrian Red Bull fans for his first F1 win since Mexico in 2017.

Verstappen went on to control the race once Mercedes' failure to pit Lewis Hamilton under the early virtual safety auto, caused by Hamilton's team-mate Valtteri Bottas's retirement from second place, cost the Briton track position later on. Verstappen's Red Bull team-mate Australian Daniel Ricciardo was also forced to retire on his 29th birthday. Mercedes' pace has been good here all week, so I think Sebastian Vettel is going to have to settle for the final step on the podium.

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"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". Fernando Alonso took McLaren to eighth place, which was an unexpected result given that he started from the pits.

"It was absolutely nailed in the first lap".

"From my side I felt in control, I was driving to the best I could with the auto I had and at the end we were struggling a little more than Ferrari with the tyre blistering but we managed to stay ahead".

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

"But if they say "you have to drive in front for all qualifying" you have to do it".

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

The reigning champions had not been beaten in Austria since the race returned to the calendar in 2014 and seemed to be heading for a one-two when Valtteri Bottas retired with an hydraulics failure on lap 14.

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