Sebastian Vettel impressed with Max Verstappen's Austrian GP performance

Valtteri Bottas

GETTYHamilton's team-mate Valtteri Bottas has been incredibly unfortunate in recent races

"We can't afford to throw away points".

An unhappy Lewis Hamilton looked for positives on Sunday after suffering his first retirement of the season and losing his lead in the drivers' championship at the Austrian Grand Prix.

Hamilton took the lead from team-mate Valtteri Bottas off the line but was left vulnerable when his rivals all pitted during the early virtual safety vehicle period while he stayed out on track. "That's what got me invested in racing and really caught my heart, it's where the passion is", Hamilton said. "Arguably a match to Mercedes in the race, but we need to make sure that we keep pushing and improving because in qualifying we are falling back a little bit at the moment so there's plenty for us to do".

Spielberg - Max Verstappen made the most of a rare Mercedes double retirement on Sunday by claiming his first win this year, and Red Bull's first at "home", in an incident-packed Austrian Grand Prix. Hamilton's retirement, his first in 33 races, ensured a 15-point championship swing in Vettel's favour.

According to Mercedes, the team left both of its drivers out in case Ferrari or Red Bull left a driver out on track who would act as a roadblock for race-leader Hamilton.

Here, distracted by Bottas stopping on track following a lack of hydraulic pressure, they took their eye off the ball, and when the VSC was deployed to slow down the pack, Hamilton, unlike all of his rivals, did not stop for fresh rubber.

Hamilton failed to finish following a mechanical failure. Vettel would recover through a mixture of strong pace, tyre management and strategy, to finish third come the checkered flag.

Leading the way in FP1 was Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton, whose fast lap of 1:04.839 was.127 of a second better than his closest pursuer and teammate, Valtteri Bottas. "The situation is very complex this year". "The vehicle has been quick all weekend, we were the quickest".

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"I needed to catch up with the points, today was a very good day for me, and I hope we can continue like this". We were controlling the race, running one and two, and suddenly Valtteri stopped.

Bottas, whose last pole position came in last year's season finale in Abu Dhabi, hit the front in the Q3 top 10 shootout with a lap of 1m03.264s on his first run - nearly half-a-second faster than nearest rival Kimi Raikkonen. However, his race got much worse as his Mercedes lost power, and he had to retire with a technical issue. The Englishman has masterminded the tactics at Mercedes for all their recent success, but he has now overseen three strategical errors which could cost Hamilton the title.

Horner also paid tribute to his team for pulling off a high-pressure double stacked stop during the virtual safety auto period that was called when Valtteri Bottas retired.

Vowles owned up to his error as Mercedes attempted to settle Hamilton.

"Lewis, this is James". Verstappen had slight blistering, but Hamilton's left rear was a mass of blistered rubber. "I feel that means the difference I can make in the sport can be seen more, I can utilise it more".

"We'll just be quicker on the straights where we use less fuel", he added.

"This is James, I have thrown away the win today", replied Vowles. "We're starting again on a different tyre compound so let's see what we can do".

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