Christian Horner in the dark over Lewis Hamilton with Red Bull wary of Mercedes knack

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RED BULL have had a poor begin to the brand new System One season.

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Christian Horner is assured that Mercedes will bounce again from a below-par begin to the brand new season on the Bahrain Grand Prix, stating that he’ll solely be capable of inform how the Silver Arrows’ season will go after ‘about three or 4 races’.

Mercedes drivers Lewis Hamilton and George Russell regarded set to complete fifth and sixth within the season opener, with Ferrari and Pink Bull battling it out for high spot. Nonetheless, throughout the final 5 laps, each Verstappen and fellow Pink Bull team-mate Sergio Perez retired after engine failures, leaving Hamilton to take a podium behind Ferrari duo Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz and Russell a career-high fourth place.

Horner could have been disillusioned with how the race panned out having come a detailed second within the Constructors’ Championship final 12 months, together with his facet now backside of the standings albeit after simply one among 23 races.

However with Ferrari being tipped because the bookies’ favourites to assert each titles, the Brit has refused to rule out eight-time world champions Mercedes because of their performances up to now.

Christian Horner in the dark over Lewis Hamilton with Red Bull wary of Mercedes knack

Christian Horner has detailed his cautious over Mercedes’ begin (Picture: GETTY)

“I feel whenever you watch their automotive on circuit it clearly doesn’t look simple for his or her drivers in the intervening time,” Horner stated. “I imply, they’ve had tough pre-seasons earlier than after which gone and received the primary race.

“So I feel till we’ve seen a pattern of three or 4 races, you’re not going to get a real image of type. And, in fact, with the rules being so immature, the event charge goes to be quick, it’s going to be steep.

“And naturally a group like Mercedes – with the energy and depth that they’ve – will bounce again very, in a short time if they’re on the again foot.”

Horner stays assured that Pink Bull can win the Constructors’ Championship. Verstappen ran Leclerc shut in his bid to win within the Center East however finally fell quick attributable to technical issues.

Nonetheless, the reigning world champion confirmed that the group have a automotive able to difficult for pole positions and race wins. “The optimistic facet for us is that we clearly have a aggressive automotive,” Horner stated. I don’t assume we fairly had the tempo [on Sunday], however there was some nice racing between Max and Charles.” The subsequent Grand Prix is in Saudi Arabia this Sunday.


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