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.
'Austria was a hard weekend, ' said Hamilton.
Verstappen hit the front after Mercedes kept Hamilton out on track during a virtual safety auto period that followed Bottas's retirement, with the other contenders pitting for fresh tyres. Apart from that it's fantastic but jeez, they need to hire someone better, because I don't know how you could make such a bad job in layering the track. "I think immediately after the race and as soon as they got the auto back that evening there was a fix that was designed and put into test mode so the team are super on it and confident that we've done everything we can to made sure it doesn't happen again".
Hamilton is going for a fifth straight victory and a record sixth overall in his home race, but the four-time world champion complained early on, "This track is the bumpiest I've ever been on". He did it in his first race for us in Barcelona, if you remember. The next race will be held at Silverstone on July 8, 2018. While it was a painful experience, it actually brought us closer.
Vettel leads Hamilton by one point after nine of 21 races thanks to the Briton's misfortune in Austria.
"Team orders will play a role sooner or later, and that's fine with me too, but that time has not come yet", Raikkonen said at Silverstone.
"We have a very good system in place, we're trying to make sure it doesn't happen again. It's just the way the sport is". "It's a real privilege for me and I was just watching some of the replays of past year and if you look at the end when it shows you all of the positions and obviously to see the Union Jack up there is always a great feeling". Räikkönen was third with 101 points, Daniel Ricciardo with 96, and Verstappen with 93 points. "I don't get it guys". I think it's happening everywhere else.
McLaren driver Fernando Alonso told reporters separately that he trusted Brown 100 percent, although he had also had the same faith in Boullier.
"I was on the Soft and the Medium tyres today; the Soft felt better than the Medium, and they seem to last - which is impressive if you look at the forces and loads they have to take on this track".
"So they have never been in a position - or the management of the team has never been in a position - where they have had to go head to head through an entire season, and of course the closer you get towards the end of the year the more the pressure builds".