Red Bull claims that Mercedes could fight for the win at this weekend’s British Grand Prix, despite the fact that the team has yet to earn a Grand Prix in 2022.
At this weekend’s British Grand Prix, Red Bull predicts that Mercedes will make it a three-team race for the top spot.
Mercedes has lost strength in 2022 after dominating every championship but one since 2014, as Ferrari and Red Bull have split the 8 Grand Prix victories so far this season.
However in the Canadian Grand Prix, Lewis Hamilton and George Russell successfully completed a respectable third and fourth, putting Mercedes in what is perhaps their most competitive performance of the season thus far.
By the time the race was over, Hamilton, who had finished third, had only lost seven seconds to the race’s eventual champion, Max Verstappen. The Briton also cut a significantly satisfied figure than he had after the previous race in Baku, when his W13 had struggled mightily with porpoising and Hamilton had looked as though he was in suffering as he rose from his seat.
Speaking to the media, Red Bull Team Principal Christian Horner raised worries that following tracks on the 2022 Formula One schedule will continue to favour Mercedes.
“I think Mercedes will be strong at Silverstone and I don’t see any reason why they wouldn’t be at Paul Ricard,” said Horner.
“I think Ferrari will be quick at Silverstone as well. It could be more of a challenging circuit for us, just due to the nature of its layout.
“It’s incredible that we’ve put a run of six race victories together, but Silverstone could well be the most challenging yet.”
Also worried of Mercedes’ speed is Marko
Helmut Marko, a Special Advisor for Red Bull, reinforced Horner’s concerns by mentioning Mercedes’ good performance in Montreal.
“Mercedes were very strong on Sunday in Canada. At times, they were even faster than us. And Silverstone, I think this circuit suits them better,” Marko told Austria’s ORF.
In particular, Hamilton claimed the 2021 race despite incurring a suspension for a contentious Lap 1 collision with Verstappen that sent the Dutchman flying into the wall and out of the race. Hamilton has won seven of the previous eight British Grands Prixs.
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