Mercedes lost the lead in both the Formula 1 constructors' and drivers' championships with a shocking double retirement at the Austrian Grand Prix - the team's first double retirement for mechanical reasons since the Italian Grand Prix in 1955.
However, everything started to unravel on lap 14 when Valtteri Bottas exited the race from second place courtesy of a hydraulic problem which caused the gearbox to fail.
While most teams pitted early during the virtual safety vehicle due to debris on the track Mercedes didn't bring Hamilton in and when he pitted Red Bull took the lead of the race with Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo leading a one-two.
With Mercedes strategist James Vowles taking to team radio to apologize to Hamilton during the race, the Briton says he is not angry at the strategic error but wants to see improvements in future. The VSC came out, we had half-a-lap to react and we didn't.
The next - and bigger - problem was tire wear.
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Max Verstappen made the most of a rare Mercedes double retirement on Sunday by claiming his first win this year, and Red Bull's first at "home", in an incident-packed Austrian Grand Prix. All the races have the same points, but some mean a bit more than others.
Hamilton then opened up a 2.4 seconds lead as the field was stretched on the tight, short track. They have a much better. they have the picture. I just fell back again behind Sebastian and there has been a lot of points lost this year. We've got to definitely work hard to try to understand where we've gone wrong on both ends. "Everyone is the team is really feeling the pain today but I think you just have to look at it - we've had such great reliability for so many years and as painful as it is, and we are perfectionists, we really have to take the rough with the smooth". I tried to manage, I could see my tyres opening up.
Hamilton's retirement is his first in 33 Grand Prix stretching back to Malaysia in 2016. If our auto was still going it was an easy win for us.
After bumping into Bottas after the start of the French GP last week - and restarting his race from the back of the pack - the mishap this time happened in qualifying, with Vettel picking up a three-place grid penalty for impeding Renault's Carlos Sainz.
Vettel leads the title race with 146 points ahead of Hamilton on 145, Raikkonen on 101 and Ricciardo on 96. "I just think about how can I get the auto in the right ballpark so I can do what I do". We haven't had this kind of failure before so for sure we need to find out the reason and fix it but it's quite unlucky for me as well.
"That's what I did in Paul Ricard, so of course it's Daniel's turn here". "But I don't know if we'll even get close enough to activate the DRS".