Damon Hill admits he was a bit shocked by the performance of both Mercedes in the Formula 1 GP of Turkey. And if he was shocked, then Red Bull should certainly be, right?
Damon Hill is sure that Red Bull must have been quite shocked by the pace of Mercedes with which it drove to victory in the Turkish Grand Prix. Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez were second and third respectively, but neither could really threaten Valtteri Bottas.
The Finn started from pole position and drove easily to victory, while Lewis Hamilton had to settle for P5 after taking a grid penalty for an engine change. Hamilton posed no threat to the win either, but according to Hill, any concerns at Red Bull would be justified.
Asked which car he would prefer to have at his disposal in the final races of 2021, a Mercedes or a Red Bull, he nevertheless comes up with the black car: “To be honest, I was a bit shocked about the form after the Turkish GP. from Mercedes and I think Red Bull was too,” said the 1996 world champion in the podcast F1 Nation.
“Valtteri drove a fantastic race and he deserves all the credit for that because he did his job well, but that car… Lewis was four tenths faster than everyone else, despite his grid penalty. The car looked good on that track And that’s a good measure of the actual performance of your car. I can’t point to a track now that would work in Red Bull’s favor at the end of the season.”
In fact, “Some circuits that I thought were the typical Red Bull tracks turned out not to be this season.”
Red Bull chiefs Christian Horner and Helmut Marko have commented on Red Bull’s improved form on several occasions, which Hill says is a sign of growing tension within Red Bull: “What Christian is suggesting is that Mercedes has an inexplicable performance advantage now, and then we are mainly talking about the factory team.”
“And then it is very unpleasant when Mercedes then states that everything has remained the same, they are satisfied with the car and they are not up to anything. Red Bull will want to find an explanation for that, because although the Honda engine is clearly improved, they are beaten on power by Mercedes.”