Despite Lewis Hamilton’s title fight, Red Bull has been told to be “more anxious” about Ferrari.
Despite both drivers finished on the podium at the Turkish Grand Prix, one former F1 racer believes Red Bull has not evolved their car as effectively as the other teams on the grid.
In comparison to other teams on the grid, Red Bull has been chastised for “not making a stride forward” in terms of technical advancement during the course of the season. The Austrian team was able to place both of its drivers on the podium at the Turkish Grand Prix, but that wasn’t enough to persuade one former racer that Red Bull is not being left behind by Mercedes.
In Istanbul, Max Verstappen finished comfortably second, despite never being able to attack Valtteri Bottas for the lead during the race.
The Finn got off to a faster start and never looked back, winning his first race of the season.
Verstappen was unable to take advantage of the rainy conditions in Istanbul, and had to settle for second place on the day, ahead of teammate Sergio Perez in third.
Meanwhile, Lewis Hamilton, Verstappen’s title challenger, finished fifth after a pit stop error halted his charge forward after starting 11th owing to a new engine component.
Former Formula One driver Jan Lammers saw it as proof that Mercedes has surpassed their championship competitors in terms of car development.
The racer told the Dutch NOS Formula 1 podcast, “I think there’s a lot more to it.”
“First and foremost, Max was relieved that it wasn’t dry, because he had a chance in this position; otherwise, Hamilton would have been quicker to the front.
“But take it all together — we had a race yesterday in wet conditions where a driver’s performance can make all the difference. He couldn’t defeat Bottas even in such conditions.” He went on to say: “Mercedes has taken a stride ahead, but it is much more than that.
“Except for Red Bull, a lot of the top 10 have improved. In the dry this weekend, Red Bull was almost passed by AlphaTauri.” Red Bull is attempting to beat Mercedes in the constructors’ title for the first time since 2013, but after Bottas’ win and fastest lap in Turkey, they have fallen 36 points behind.
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