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F1 | Horner on Mercedes: "They seem to be slowly bringing themselves back into the game"

Red Bull Racing's team principal, Christian Horner, has commented that they expect Mercedes to be quick in Paul Ricard for the French Grand Prix.

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F1 | Horner on Mercedes: "They seem to be slowly bringing themselves back into the game"
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The 2022 Austrian Grand Prix has taken place and Charles Leclerc has risen to the top of the Red Bull Ring podium. Current drivers' championship leader, Max Verstappen finished second with Lewis Hamilton third. For its part, Mercedes had a great weekend, as seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton achieved a third consecutive podium finish, with George Russell in fourth position and finishing just behind the Briton. Leclerc's teammate Carlos Sainz had to retire after his power unit caught fire, likewise Sergio Perez had contact with Russell which caused him to retire. In the constructors' championship, Red Bull sits at the top with a total of 359 points, a difference of 56 points compared to second place Ferrari. While in the drivers' championship, the one-time world champion Max Verstappen is in first place with 208 points, while Charles Leclerc is in P2 with 170 points.

A little further down is the eight-time world champion team, Mercedes. The Germans have had a very difficult year, however their W13 has been slowly coming back to life. For his part, the seven-time world champion is in P6 with 109 points, while George Russell is one place higher in P5 with 128 points. Likewise, Mercedes consolidates itself in third position in the constructors' championship with 237 points. Despite all the problems the Germans have had, Mercedes is closer to Ferrari (who are in P2) than McLaren (in P4) is to them. Christian Horner, who serves as team principal for Oracle Red Bull Racing, has shared his thoughts on where Mercedes finds itself right now, as well as what he expects from the German team in the second half of the season. 2022 of Formula 1.



“We expect them [Mercedes] to be quick in [Paul] Ricard. They’re showing flashes of they being there. The last two races have been really decent for them and there has been no sign of any porpoising at all. They seem to be slowly bringing themselves back into the game.” Horner commented.

“They keep continuedly scoring points, I’m not sure how far they are in the constructors’ or drivers’ [championships] at the moment, but sometimes have more cars to play is a good thing. I think for the fans is great to have six cars competing for victories.” The British team principal stated.

Mercedes has apparently solved their porpoising issues as they were maybe the biggest problem that the German team had as it cost them an enormous amount of tenths per Grand Prix. Now that it has been solved, or at least it looks like, we can affirm that they are going to start pushing even more and we will see if George and Lewis can compete against Sainz’s and Leclerc’s Ferraris and Perez’s and Verstappen’s Red Bulls.

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