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Red Bull left red-faced at home Grand Prix

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When Dietrich Mateschitz signed on the dotted line to bring Formula 1 back to Austria and the Red Bull Ring no-one could have predicted how badly his teams would perform upon its return.

While results earlier in the season suggested a Red Bull car winning would be much more unlikely than it would have been a year ago, if you would had said the best result would be eighth for Daniel Ricciardo you would have been laughed at.

In reality, however, based on how the weekend went that was perhaps the best Red Bull could have hoped. At no point during the weekend had the team who had won the last four world championships looked even the third best team let alone the second, and despite Ricciardo qualifying fifth that only came as others around him faltered.

In fact for much of the weekend the best Red Bull driver was Toro Rosso's Daniil Kvyat who was running solidly in the top six throughout much of Saturday before falling down to eighth in qualifying.

The Russian put his recent knowledge and experience to excellent use as he proved a valid challenger to Ricciardo's RB10 and easily outpaced the man on whom much of the weight was on to deliver, Sebastian Vettel. Sadly for Kvyat his most impressive showing to date would be ended, as is becoming common place for Toro Rosso drivers, by a rear suspension failure.

So what of the man on whom the expectation to set an already buzzing Red Bull Ring alight? Well for Vettel it was another weekend that proved just how far his crown has fallen in 2014.

It was another torrid weekend for the German after failing to make the top ten in qualifying and then had his race destroyed by an electrical failure early in the race.

His car would restart and he even made it round to catch up the driver in 21st place, Esteban Gutierrez, only to run into the back of him and damage his front wing.

At that point his team called him in to save any further drama and try to save his already depleted stock of engines and hybrid systems for the rest of the season.

Jean-Eric Vergne would also retire in the second Toro Rosso leaving Canada race winner Ricciardo to try and save some pride for Mateschitz and his teams.

Running wide at the first turn cost the No. 3 Red Bull several positions and that in effect would stop any chance of a good result for the Australian who found himself battling with Kvyat and then Hulkenberg for the lowly positions in the top 10.

Indeed only a second move around the outside of a Force India in successive races would provide any highlight for a Red Bull car as he passed Hulkenberg at turn five on the last lap to claim his eighth place.

It was certainly not the weekend the Austrian crowd nor Red Bull wanted or expected and has resulted in some strong words from Red Bull team boss Christian Horner towards engine supplier Renault.

The 40-year-old branded the French marque's efforts as "unacceptable" demanding improvements. The words also come after team advisor Helmut Marko suggested to Sky Sports that Red Bull could start producing their own engines from 2016.

Horner, however, insisted that was not something Red Bull wanted to do: “We’re chassis designers and producers, we’re not engine manufacturers or designers and it’s not a key part of Red Bull’s philosophy," he told Sky Sports after the race.

“But we want to be competitive, we want to run at the front and Renault need to sort their issues out, they need to get on top of it. They need to change something in order that this doesn’t go forward.”

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