Christian Horner questions Mercedes’ current top speed. Lewis Hamilton was fastest in qualifying, his teammate Valtteri Bottas came in second. Max Verstappen had to make do with third place. The German racing stable seems to have its affairs well together in Turkey.
Since it became known that Lewis Hamilton would receive grid penalties, Mercedes’ goal was to put both cars in front of Max Verstappen, Auto, Motor und Sport reports. Of course, the Briton will have to start from eleventh place, but Mercedes has done everything to keep the damage as limited as possible.
Horner about the fast Mercedes: “Mercedes is extremely fast on the straights, despite the car’s downforce. We’ve noticed that since Silverstone. There’s something strange going on there.” The Red Bull team boss is not talking about whether the Mercedes is doing something illegal. According to the Brit, the difference in top speed is about five kilometers per hour.
Max Verstappen’s team still had the upper hand in the first few races of the season when it came to pure speed. At the moment, the Mercedes seems to be on the mend again. However, the long runs during free practice on Friday have shown that the difference is less than it appeared during qualifying this afternoon.