Christian Horner is concerned about Mercedes’ upgraded powerplant. The Red Bull team boss sees a huge improvement on the long straight, which means that the cars of Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez may not be able to keep up on the straights.
Mercedes had the better car during the Turkish Grand Prix, Christian Horner concluded after the race in conversation for the media. Especially on the long straights, the Red Bull camp sees an advantage for the German racing stable. “A significant step has recently been taken there”, analyzes the team boss of the Austrian racing stable.
The RB16B of Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez was able to compensate earlier by driving with less downforce, but Horner doubts whether a different set-up is still enough to compete with Mercedes. “We could still match them with smaller wings, for example, but now we don’t come close.”
“We saw that especially on this circuit (Istanbul Park, ed.), where Lewis Hamilton had a huge advantage on the long straights, while driving with a set-up that used a larger rear wing.” Horner mentions an update to the Mercedes engine in Belgium as a possible cause of a higher top speed.
According to the Red Bull team boss, it is quite surprising that Mercedes has been able to find quite a bit of top speed in an engine update. Alarm bells are ringing at the Austrian racing stable, which is quickly looking for improvement in the RB16B. “We have to maximize our package. It is surprising that they have still made strides, we will do our best to improve the car.”