Spielberg, Austria - The Mercedes Formula One team showed its Achilles heel in the Austrian heat on Sunday, as it suffered defeat for the first time this season.
Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas went into the race at the undulating Red Bull Ring having won all of the season's eight races, six in one-two formation, as well as the last 10 in a row.
Mercedes could have turned the run up to 11, equalling McLaren’s modern-era record from 1988, but instead a combination of soaring temperatures and the characteristics of the 4.3km circuit left the team vulnerable.
Max Verstappen won for Red Bull, ahead of fellow 21-year-old Charles Leclerc in a Ferrari. Bottas had to settle for third with Hamilton only fifth - the first time he has been off the podium since Mexico last October.
"We never saw our performance because we were racing with our hands tied behind our backs," team boss Toto Wolff told reporters.