Although Red Bull is in an intense battle for the title with Mercedes, Red Bull team boss Christian Horner is looking at McLaren with a sideways eye. According to him, the British team can still pose a threat for the rest of the season: “They have clearly made good progress this year.”
McLaren is now third among the constructors with 234 points. The one-two at Monza was the team’s best weekend in a long time and McLaren could have won in Russia just like that, but Norris guessed wrong in the crazy denouement and stayed on the slicks for too long when the sky started pouring down. came to fall. The fact that McLaren has been so strong in the last two rounds of the championship shows that they can still pose a threat for the rest of the season, according to Horner.
“They have clearly made good progress this year,” Horner told racer.com. “On some tracks they seem to perform very well, but some tracks are also a bit more challenging. Lando Norris deserved to win the race, but I’m sure there will be some circuits, between now and the end of the year, where they will perform well.”
So while McLaren may still have a significant role to play in the races themselves, Horner is still more focused on Mercedes for the championship. Horner expects Turkey to still be a strong race for Mercedes, but from the United States Grand Prix, Red Bull should have the upper hand.
“I don’t think there are any circuits that stand out as strong as Russia and Monza, but Mercedes will certainly be strong,” continued Horner. “They won last year in Turkey, so they will be strong there. But then we travel to Austin, where we have to be there. We have always been strong in Brazil and Mexico.”
“We don’t know about Qatar, we don’t know about Jeddah, but then you get Abu Dhabi,” said Horner. “You could say it’s 50-50 in terms of what’s left on the table, which favors one team a little more than the other,” he concludes.