F1: Mercedes British GP practice Verstappen brought to a halt

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The Dutch tyro grabbed victory after both Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas pulled up with power and gearbox failures respectively as their team's run of four straight Austrian wins came to an abrupt end at the Red Bull Ring where the track temperature was 48 celsius degrees (118 Fahrenheit). "I've got no time left in the tyres", said Hamilton, aware that a straightforward race win was in peril.

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.

"Every driver is different, and I've never worked with Lewis so I don't know what makes him tick, but it seems a fairly freakish thing for someone to need to do - to throw themselves under the bus to motivate a driver to go from fourth back into the lead", Horner said.

"As soon as we got the vehicle back that evening we had a fix designed and put into test-mode".

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Team boss Guenther Steiner said the team needed to rebuild the chassis.

Hamilton, victor for the past four years at Silverstone, had started the day by leading a Mercedes one-two in the sunny opening session.

Second in the standings by just a point, the championship lead has bounced between Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel repeatedly during the opening nine races of the season. But I hope we can be there, it's going to be close.

Having been resurfaced in February of this year, Pirelli have reacted to the strenuous demands of the grippy British Grand Prix track by bringing their hardest tyre compound selection for any race this season to Silverstone, including the new, ice blue-walled hard tyre.

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"We've always said that we have very clear rules and that's what we go by since I've been in this team", he said. Ferrari and Red Bull have lost points. If we make sure we do things correctly and deliver 100 percent I believe we'll outperform the others. Chief strategist James Vowles made a public apology to Hamilton over the radio during last Sunday's race. It was going to take some time to contend for titles, he conceded, saying: "I think we are years away". Carlos said it was no problem and he completely understood, he was very chilled, and I still ended up with a penalty. I don't like to put the blame somewhere else.

McLaren driver Fernando Alonso told reporters separately that he trusted Brown 100 percent, although he had also had the same faith in Boullier. "It might not be a race victory for Mercedes - I think that Ferrari update is working pretty well round here" - Anthony Davidson.

It's going to be very, very close this weekend.

'Taking the lead again would be good.

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