With the Turkish Grand Prix, Mercedes may have had its best job this year, thinks Red Bull team boss Christian Horner. And then the result with two men on the podium is not so bad after all.
Valtteri Bottas was virtually unapproachable on Sunday in Istanbul, the Finn was able to control the race from the start and Max Verstappen also had to admit that a victory had never really been possible. “Valtteri was able to manage his tires well and also had a little more pace in terms of pace,” said the new world championship leader. The latter also refers to Red Bull’s win and that was a nice bonus after two difficult Friday sessions.
“Absolutely, the drivers’ and constructors’ championship points are very welcome. Friday was difficult and engineering has done a very good job since then,” Christian Horner told to Fpal. “I think this was the best track for Mercedes and then we did very well with two cars on the podium.”
A bonus, also with a view to the United States Grand Prix in two weeks. “Austin has been Hamilton territory for a number of years actually. Then come Mexico and Brazil, at altitude we have been stronger again in the past. And the last three, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Abu Dhabi, who knows. We just have to make sure we do everything right. Today the stops went well, we made the right decisions so that’s positive. But on sheer speed, Mercedes was very strong here.”
And that is a trend, Horner also believes, which seems to have started since the summer break. “They have made a big step forward in top speed, previously we could keep up with them with smaller wings. But now we’re not getting close,” Horner analyzed. “They are sometimes 15 to 20 kilometers per hour faster at measuring points, which is more than you win with DRS. “
“Lewis had a big advantage especially on straights despite driving with a bigger rear wing. We will have to get the most out of our package but it is surprising that they have taken such a step with their power source.”