Max Verstappen was disappointed after the first race of the Formula 1 season. Due to an early dropout, the Red Bull driver saw a likely podium place go up in smoke.
Verstappen was in second place behind the later winner Valtteri Bottas, when his car gave up after eleven laps with an electrical problem.
"Suddenly I lost a lot of strength," said Verstappen in an initial reaction to the Formula 1 channel. "I don't know what the problem is exactly. We will find out."
"This is not how you want to start the season," said Verstappen resignedly. "I could have scored at least a podium here. Valtteri was very fast, behind that I drove my own pace."
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Only Red Bull and Williams scoreless
Because Verstappen's teammate Alexander Albon later also dropped out, Red Bull remained without points on the home circuit. Furthermore, only Williams took no points in the chaotic race on the Red Bull Ring.
The first race of the year had no fewer than nine dropouts. In 2010 there was the last race in which only eleven cars reached the finish.
Verstappen's downtime is extra expensive, because the season is shorter than usual due to the corona crisis. There are only eight races planned, the FIA hopes to get fifteen to eighteen races.
Albon is hit by Hamilton, spinning the Red Bull driver and giving the Mercedes driver a time penalty. (Photo: Getty Images)
Horner thinks Albon could have won
"It was one of those days," said Red Bull team principal Christian Horner. "This sport can be tough."
Albon seemed on his way to the first podium in his career, until he was tapped by Lewis Hamilton. The Thai dropped out in the final phase with an engine problem.
"Alex didn't deserve this," said Horner. "The five-second time penalty for Hamilton doesn't feel like justice, perhaps Albon could have won the race."
See also: View the results of GP Austria and the World Cup positions