Horner singles out Mercedes: “It was just a very defeatist race”

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After the Monaco Grand Prix, Red Bull team boss Christian Horner said Mercedes raced “a very defeatist race”, but adds it doesn’t matter because “they weren’t going to overtake anybody” anyway.

Lewis Hamilton and George Russell started the Monaco Grand Prix from P5 and P7 respectively, and they ultimately finished in the same spots.

Red Bull also did not have a great race, with Max Verstappen finishing in P6 (the same postion he started in), and Sergio Perez unfortunately crashed on lap 1.

Afterwards, when asked if 2024 is now looking harder for his team, Red Bull team boss Christian Horner decided to single out Mercedes for their “hugely conservative” decisions.

“Yeah, I think so,” the Briton said.

“I mean, perhaps not with Mercedes, but I think with Ferrari and McLaren certainly look competitive and they cannot be discounted.

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“So it’s a long, long championship and obviously, they’ve taken a reasonable chunk of points today.

“I didn’t really understand Mercedes’ race today. It was a hugely conservative race by George because to give up so much time, and then go so fast at the end of the race, but it didn’t really make a lot of sense.

“But I don’t think it would have changed… They weren’t going to overtake anybody.

“It was just a very defeatist race, just trying to defend fifth,” Horner concluded.

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