CHRISTIAN HORNER is paying little consideration to Mercedes as Crimson Bull’s title pursuit continues.
Max Verstappen makes delicate dig at Lewis Hamilton
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Crimson Bull boss Christian Horner has admitted he has no sympathy for Lewis Hamilton and George Russell amid a hard 2022 season. Mercedes have been left behind by Crimson Bull and Ferrari at first of a brand new period in F1 this yr, however there’s undoubtedly no love misplaced between Horner and the Silver Arrows.
Toto Wolff’s crew have been off the tempo in a season forward of which they have been hopeful of a ninth consecutive constructors’ championship. Mercedes, on 120 factors in third, path leaders Crimson Bull by 75 factors and Ferrari by 49 after simply six races, and the scene is not any brighter within the drivers’ standings.
Hamilton has been hit the more serious by excessive porpoising, closely affecting straight-line pace, with the seven-time world champion already 64 factors behind Max Verstappen. And whereas Russell has impressed in his debut yr as a full-time Mercedes driver, he’s fourth and has little probability of difficult for the world title.
However the duo are receiving no sympathy from Horner, who will probably be delighted with each standings, particularly after early-season reliability points for Crimson Bud. He instructed the Night Customary: “There isn’t any time for sympathy. It is not a matter of sympathy or gloating. It is about focusing by yourself points.”
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Christian Horner has no sympathy for Mercedes. (Picture: GETTY)
Horner and Wolff have been embroiled in a long-standing rivalry on the entrance of the F1 grid, and it met its climax final season throughout Hamilton’s fierce title battle with Verstappen. The pair frequently clashed on the radio with former race director Michael Masi and aimed digs at one another in interviews.
However Horner is not prone to be lacking the rivalry, and Mercedes’ absence on the entrance of the grid, as he pursues Crimson Bull’s first constructors’ title since 2013.
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Lewis Hamilton and George Russell are off the tempo. (Picture: GETTY)
The Spanish Grand Prix supplied hope that Mercedes had partly solved their points, particularly in observe and qualifying, with Russell incomes a spot on the rostrum in Barcelona and Hamilton battling again from an early setback to complete in P5.
Wolff will probably be desperate to see additional enchancment at this weekend’s Monaco Grand Prix, one of many largest showcases of the F1 season. However it looks as if, in the intervening time at the least, Horner is paying Mercedes little consideration in his bid for extra silverware.