“I already felt in the formation lap that it was not fantastic,” said Verstappen.
“And in the actual start I got a failure, so I got anti-stall, and then on the run up to Turn 1 it didn’t feel great.
“I tried to stay out of trouble, to go wide, and I got hit on the rear tyre. Because of that, the clutch over-engaged, and it basically broke the bearing in the clutch. So I had no drive anymore.
“Of course I’m very disappointed for the fans, they were the best crowd I’ve seen so far and I couldn’t even do a start or one corner for them, never mind 71 laps.”
Christian Horner has been speaking to Sky F1 about Red Bull’s mixed race in Austria.
“Max went into anti-stall at the start then obviously got collected at the first corner and that was a big impact. This has been one of our most competitive grands prix of the season. If you look at the sector times, Daniel was the strongest car through there. It was only the last few laps when Mercedes really turned things up that Lewis was able to get onto the back of him.
“He’s great under pressure, there was a huge amount of pressure and he was driving qualifying laps at the end there. Zero mistakes, and to get his fifth podium in a row is quite remarkable. We feel like we’ve made progress, hopefully Silverstone will give us more and Hungary is another opportunity.
“There’s no issue with the drivers. They’re doing a great job, there’s no two other drivers I’d prefer to have in this car at the moment and they can see this performance is coming.”
“You forget how young he is. He’s taking it all on the chin and of course that’s especially hard when he’s seeing the other car getting the podiums he feels he should be achieving. He’s driving at such a high level that when it does come right, I feel he can win three grands prix in a row.”