Horner: Red Bull should be leading F1 championship

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Verstappen replied: "No. Last weekend I was in front, now he is in front".

Verstappen made a courageous move at turn eight to pass Raikkonen, with the Red Bull giving the Ferrari a nudge without consequences.

That meant Ricciardo was giving the 20-year-old Dutch driver, who is seen by many as a future world champion, the benefit of a "tow" while the Australian's vehicle took the aerodynamic hit.

Daniel Ricciardo feared he had been "stitched up" by Red Bull in qualifying for the Austrian Grand Prix on Saturday but mustered a smile after talking it through with team boss Christian Horner. The Dutchman managed the race from there on and fended off the two charging Ferraris in the closing laps to secure Red Bull's first win on home soil.

"We never give up", Verstappen told Sky F1.

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When asked what happened to his vehicle, Ricciardo seemed unconvinced and unhappy with the explanation given to him by his team.

"That's why we hardly at all, in success or failure, talk about individuals, because that puts an unfair amount of scrutiny and pressure on that individual. A very, very mature drive by him".

"Unbelievable", added Horner. "He was keeping the rear left cooler than the rear right, and the rear left here is the one that takes all the load". Horner says the team is being realistic about where it can compete this season but has no doubts it can stay in the hunt.

"He was constantly asking for information and managing those tyres and that is why they didn't blister up".

Horner, who has won four drivers' and constructors' championships with Red Bull since he became principal in 2005, insisted his team was run differently.

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Four overs later, his 15th four took Australia's score to 200, and Finch then moved beyond 150 with a swipe to deep midwicket. Finch's previous record knock stood for almost five years: 156 off 63 against England at Southampton in 2013.

The two Mercedes WO9s ran 1-2 in the opening stint, but things began falling apart when Bottas pulled off in Turn 3 on Lap 15 with the aforementioned hydraulic issues, causing a Virtual Safety Car to have his machine removed.

Some early-season concerns set back the Red Bull squad initially.

"You do sometimes hear James [Vowles on the radio], and it's normally under unusual circumstances when we have a message that's either subtle or hard and we need to get a message to the driver without the intermediary of the race engineer", Allison explained via the team's YouTube channel. Horner commented on this by adding that support from Renault has been steady since the team's decision to switch to Honda next year.

But with 12 races still to go and Red Bull with the momentum, Horner is hopeful of his team's chances of fighting for the big silverware.

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