Lewis Hamilton's Mercedes team have dismissed the need for change despite costing their star driver victory in a dramatic Austrian Grand Prix.
Hamilton was leading the race in the early laps but Mercedes failed to pit him during a virtual safety vehicle period, which meant he lost the lead when he did eventually stop under racing conditions. "That's what got me invested in racing and really caught my heart, it's where the passion is", Hamilton said. "I know everyone in the team will be feeling pain today but we have to try and take out the positives from this weekend".
Having dropped to fourth, Hamilton then had to park his vehicle on the 64th lap, seven short of the finish.
The Dutchman controlled the race from there on and fended off a charging Kimi Raikkonen in the closing laps to score Red Bull's first win at its home grand prix.
Hamilton's first retirement since October 2016 ended a run of 33 successive races in the points and while it was bound to come one day it still hurt for a champion whose vehicle has been relentlessly reliable.
In came Hamilton for tyres on lap 25. Hamilton took the lead from Bottas in the opening lap, while the pole-sitter was pushed down to fourth struggling to move past Raikkonen.
"Up until now, we've not really had a lot of development parts on the vehicle, so it's great to see", he said. It's just that the situation is very complex, we are fighting [between] six cars and it's just a tough situation. "I don't think we would make an error twice". It's very rare and incredibly unusual for us to have these two DNFs in one weekend.
Bottas, whose last pole position came in last year's season finale in Abu Dhabi, hit the front in the Q3 top 10 shootout with a lap of 1m03.264s on his first run - nearly half-a-second faster than nearest rival Kimi Raikkonen.
The Mercedes number two was unable to get his stricken vehicle completely off the track and as a result, race directors enforced a virtual safety auto.
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But that "thigh of God" goal proved the only highlight for a man considered by many the greatest to have played the game. France emerged as winners in Group C; they remained unbeaten in the group where they faced Denmark, Peru and Australia.
Meanwhile, Hamilton had settled into the lead building a gap a little over 2s amidst all the drama right behind, while teammate Bottas built no pressure on the Briton.
'Lewis, this is James, ' he said over the radio. "That's what I want".
Sadly, Kimi got a bit greedy a corner later, locking up and losing all the ground he had made up, falling back behind Hamilton and Bottas. The team's decision not to pit him under the safety vehicle cost him the lead and then he was unable to challenge with heavy rear tyre wear that ultimately forced him to go into the pits twice. "I am not going to be able to pass these guys".
"I either won or I said something", he joked.
Vowles subsequently twice spoke to Hamilton directly, apologising for the mistake and trying to motivate him, saying "Give us what you can", and later, "We trust in you and believe in you".
'James is one of the best ever, ' Wolff said in defence of his chief strategist. It needed guts to come out and speak in front of millions of people and say it was his mistake.
'For Lewis, he was leading comfortably and then he was in fourth. "It was a moment where he was really suffering".
Mercedes had dominated the 4.318-km Red Bull Ring in Spielberg since the Austrian race returned to the calendar in 2014 and that looked set to continue until an inexplicable error.
Daniel Ricciardo also failed to make it to end in his Red Bull, while the Haas cars of Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen finished an impressive fourth and fifth.