Red Bull team boss Christian Horner says Mercedes “had a bit of a stroke of luck” in Mexico, but he expects them “to be competitive in Brazil, for sure”.
Mercedes’ strategy required Lewis to cover half of race distance on Medium tyres, while everybody around him was on Hards, and not only did he manage to do that, but he also picked up a point for fastest lap on the final lap of the race.
Red Bull team boss Christian Horner, however, says the German team benefitted from the red flag that came out at the midpoint of the race.
“They had a bit of a stroke of luck because they went in very early for a one-stop strategy,” Horner told Viaplay.
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“I think in the end they would have been beaten by the Ferraris. But it is true that they had good speed and did well in terms of tyre wear, as we have seen from them all year.”
As for Mercedes’ performance at the next race in Brazil, Horner said:
“They were competitive on race runs and Austin is difficult to judge because of what happened. But we expect them to be competitive in Brazil, for sure.
“For us, it is an itch unscratched from last year where we feel we didn’t quite get the set-up right, so we will try and go and put that right this year,” he concluded.