After the Turkish GP, Christian Horner, the CEO of Red Bull, expressed his reservations about Lewis Hamilton’s Mercedes.
In Istanbul, the defending Formula One world champion had a mixed afternoon.
After an up-and-down performance at Sunday’s Turkish Grand Prix, Red Bull chief Christian Horner expressed two concerns to title contender Lewis Hamilton. Max Verstappen reclaimed the Drivers’ Championship lead over Lewis Hamilton, but the Dutchman will have a different test in Austin in two weeks to maintain his position.
On Saturday, Hamilton qualified first, but was obliged to accept a 10-place grid penalty due to the installation of a new internal combustion engine.
He pushed his way up from 11th to third place, and he even considered going the full race without pitting for new tyres, however his pit staff eventually decided for him.
On lap 51, the Briton pitted, and he eventually ended fifth, much to his chagrin.
Verstappen, on the other hand, finished second, exactly where he started on the grid.
Valtteri Bottas, who qualified on pole and went on to win his first race of the season, flew under the radar.
Horner said following a successful afternoon for the Red Bull squad, which saw Sergio Perez finish third and put the pressure on Mercedes.
When they meet in Austin, Verstappen will have a slim lead in the standings, but Hamilton’s stellar track record means it’s all up for grabs.
“They [Mercedes] have been quite quick this weekend,” Horner told Sky Sports F1.
“Lewis’ straight-line speed today is about 15 to 20 km/h higher following the kink on the straight.” It’s incredible.
“We need to pick up a little straight-line speed.” Perhaps they were using a different downforce setup. We need to find some speed.
“We’ve got some tracks coming up that should suit us, but we know Austin is Hamilton territory, so we’ll have to bring it.”
“Austin is one of Lewis’ most powerful circuits.” We know he’s lightning fast around there. We’re putting up a fight and aren’t giving up.
“To be leading the driver’s championship and be in contention in the constructors’ title is incredible.”
“For us, we’re having a great time with this fight and scrapping. There are few tracks ascending that may go either way.” Despite winning the last four Drivers’ Championships, Mercedes is undoubtedly in a fight. “Brinkwire News Summary.”