As we approach the halfway point of the season, Red Bull team boss Christian Horner thinks that Mercedes could pose a threat at Silverstone.
After 8 years of winning the constructor’s championship and 7 years of winning the driver’s championship, Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 team was entering the 2022 season setting the eye on achieving the same results. With Lewis Hamilton and the young promise, George Russell, nothing could go wrong.
However, the car did not give the results they expected, as the regulations for 2022 complicated the life of the Brackley team and the W13 turned out to have many aerodynamic problems, such as the so-called "porpoising", as a consequence, those who would fight for the title this year were Red Bull and Ferrari.
Until Montreal, the team led by Toto Wolff had had many problems with the car, to the point that Lewis Hamilton complained of back pains caused by the car bouncing. However, on the Canadian GP weekend, Mercedes proved to have made improvements which resulted in Hamilton getting a podium with a 3rd place finish and Russell coming in in 4th position
At last Sunday's post-race media session, Red Bull team boss, Christian Horner said he saw Mercedes much stronger than before: "I think they'll be strong at Silverstone”.
"I don't see any reason why they wouldn't be. Paul Ricard, the same. I think Ferrari will be quick at Silverstone as well”
Horner also referred to Silverstone as being more challenging for Red Bull: "It could be a more of a challenging circuit for us just due to the nature of this layout.”
"It's incredible that we've put a run of six race victories together [but] Silverstone could well be the most challenging."
Out of the last 10 races at Silverstone, Mercedes has gotten the victory in eight of them. The team will continue to implement improvements to the car to make it more competitive in order to be able to compete at the same level as Ferrari and Red Bull.
With the results Red Bull has had so far, Horner assured that between now and the summer break, no major improvements to the RB18 are expected and that they prefer a "very modest evolution".