Ricciardo says the Austrian grand prix, Red Bull's home race, was the scene of promising talks, especially as the energy drink company's magnate Dietrich Mateschitz was trackside for a rare visit.
"The tyres are very sensitive and it can happen in the first five laps, if you're too aggressive, the tyre starts to open up and the damage is done". Three laps later, the luckless Bottas was also forced to abandon, pulling off to park his Mercedes.
And as for seeing four years of Red Bull disappointment at the Red Bull Ring, Horner certainly enjoyed the chance to celebrate a victory at the company's home track.
"Like I said, we always try to have the best possible position, but between us it will be all good".
"To win here in Austria with him in attendance, because he doesn't come to many races, it's fantastic, and for the Dutch fans as well".
Both their days went from bad to worse in a matter of laps, however, with Ricciardo retiring with a broken gearbox on lap 53 and Hamilton's power unit forcing him to stop 10 tours later.
The mistake coupled with Red Bull boldly stacking its own drivers played right into Verstappen's hands.
While Mercedes chose not to pit Hamilton, who was leading, when the virtual safety auto kicked in to clear Bottas' stricken vehicle, Ferrari and Red Bull reacted - and that opened up Verstappen's path to victory.
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"I couldn't have chosen a better race to do it, so very happy", the Dutchman, cheered on by an estimated 20,000 countrymen in the crowd, added.
"It was absolutely nailed in the first lap".
"I had plenty of people coming to see me before the start and saying, 'This was going to be a walk in the park, 1-2, you have the quickest auto'". "It's a shame, we had a great auto today".
"I tried to manage, I could see my tyres opening up".
In a critical error, Mercedes chose to keep race leader Lewis Hamilton out and their victory hopes quickly unravelled from there.
Esteban Ocon was sixth for Force India, ahead of Mexican team mate Sergio Perez, with McLaren's Fernando Alonso completing a remarkable afternoon with eighth place after starting in the pit lane.
The reigning champions had not been beaten in Austria since the race returned to the calendar in 2014 and seemed to be heading for a one-two when Valtteri Bottas retired with an hydraulics failure on lap 14.
Sauber duo Charles Leclerc and Marcus Ericsson finished ninth and 10th.