Horner has ‘no feelings’ about Mercedes’ struggles

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Horner has ‘no feelings’ about Mercedes’ struggles

Christian Horner insists he’s not losing any time dwelling on how aggressive Mercedes are, as an alternative staying centered on Purple Bull’s efficiency.

Having waged a season-long battle in opposition to Mercedes in 2021, Purple Bull now discover themselves with a unique challenger in Ferrari as the game’s new period of rules beds in.

Ferrari, within the first two races of the season, have successfully swapped locations with Mercedes having leapt from third within the Constructors’ standings to prime spot.

Mercedes sit second, however have been solely third quickest in races and solely have extra factors than Purple Bull as a result of Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez needed to retire late within the Bahrain Grand Prix when each have been working forward of Lewis Hamilton and George Russell.

Though the eight-time consecutive Constructors’ champions could ultimately work out their points with the W13 and make it a three-way scrap on the entrance, Horner maintains he’ll lose no sleep questioning if or when that’s prone to occur.

“They’re struggling. I’ve no emotions about their competitiveness,” stated Horner after the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix received by Verstappen, Purple Bull’s reigning World Champion.

“Clearly I’m centered on our competitiveness in what’s a really intense combat with Ferrari in the mean time.

“I’ve little doubt in some unspecified time in the future Mercedes will be part of that battle, however my focus could be very a lot on our workforce.”

One other factor the Purple Bull workforce principal is refusing to turn into too involved about is the 40-point hole to Ferrari within the Constructors’ desk, ought to it develop right into a head-to-head tussle between these groups for the title.

If the duo stay properly away from the remaining pace-wise, there shall be extra of a give attention to reliability – which is an space the place Purple Bull have already had one failure this time period with that double DNF in Bahrain.

“It’s nonetheless early within the season,” stated Horner, whose drivers sandwiched the Ferraris within the Saudi Arabian GP with Perez ending fourth behind Verstappen, Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz.

“Luck tends to even itself out over the course of the yr so I believe we’ve simply bought to go race by race.

“We’re off the mark now, we’re on the scoreboard, we have now received our first race of the yr, each drivers have been once more very aggressive and we’ve simply bought to construct some momentum.”

 

Within the Drivers’ Championship, Leclerc leads the best way by 12 factors from Sainz, with an additional eight again to Verstappen whereas Perez is down in joint seventh place.

 

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