Horner says Mercedes doesn’t like Red Bull’s cars at Turn 4

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Red Bull’s Christian Horner and Sergio Perez react to the collision between George Russell and Perez at Turn 4 on lap 1 of the Austrian Grand Prix.

During the opening lap of the Austrian Grand Prix, Sergio Perez was trying to overtake George Russell around the outside of Turn 4, their cars touched and Perez was sent into the gravel. The Briton later received a five-second penalty.

This reminded Red Bull team boss Christian Horner of a similar incident between Lewis Hamilton and Alex Albon at the 2020 Austrian Grand Prix, which ended Albon’s race.

“I don’t think Mercedes like our cars going round the outside at Turn 4,” Horner told Sky Sports F1.

“It was a shame because Checo, you can see he’s ahead there and it’s almost a mirror image with Alex a couple years ago.

“There was so much damage. There was no chance for him to score any points so better to save the mileage.

“It’s a tricky corner there but you know, we’ve seen so many incidents on the outside. It’s just a shame that he wasn’t given more space.

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“But it’s one of those things, we’ll bounce back in France,” the Briton concluded.

After the race Perez completely blamed Russell for the incident.

“Big shame for us what happened today,” the Mexican said.

“Because clearly it felt from our side that we did everything we possibly could to avoid the incident. It’s only Lap 1 and it was up to George to really control his car.

“He couldn’t control it clearly, and we ended up making contact when I was clearly ahead,” Perez concluded.

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