The Australian smashed his front wing just metres after the race start and was forced to retire on lap 31, ending a forgettable home Grand Prix.
As Max Verstappen headed towards a podium finish, and Honda personnel, some with tears in their eyes, joined their colleagues from Red Bull as they made their way to watch the ceremony, the events of earlier that afternoon will not have been lost on either party.
"Very satisfied", said Verstappen, when asked if he was happy with his day's work after claiming his own first Australian Grand Prix podium.
Ricciardo sensationally left Red Bull past year after believing he was playing second fiddle to Verstappen at the Formula One team.
The Red Bull charger explained his strategy of running longer than his rivals on the soft rubber.
"If you look at the speed trace it looks a different Red Bull than before".
Speaking after the race, Verstappen voiced his delight to land yet more silverware, and voiced delight for Honda in the team's first race powered by the Japanese engine manufacturer.
"Max has been able to use that to good effect today - to be able to pass the Ferrari and race wheel to wheel on the straight with them is really positive". "To do that at this venue is really encouraging for us, so we've got a good basis to start and really develop this vehicle".
"This a fantastic injection from them (Honda)".
Mercedes drivers finished first and second, with Finland's Valtteri Bottas winning the race for his fourth career F1 victory.Читайте также: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Unfavorable Rating Climbs: Gallup
Verstappen was also quick to praise Honda on their achievements with Red Bull, especially after being able to push in his bid to overtake Vettel on the track and attempt to hunt down Hamilton in the final stages of the race.
"We put Lewis under pressure".
"I think in general the engine has been performing very well without any issues".
Verstappen said Red Bull had to turn around its fortunes after an imperfect Friday practice. "To do that at this venue is really encouraging for us", Horner said.
"It's already a challenge for a team like us to compete against the top three teams who have 30 to 40 per cent more resources than us", said boss Cyril Abiteboul. As soon as I had the opportunity to go for it, I went for it, and luckily it paid off. "After a promising season opener, we now look ahead to Bahrain". "So no", he said.При любом использовании материалов сайта и дочерних проектов, гиперссылка на обязательна.
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