Medland says top teams are worried about “Mercedes being in the mix”

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F1 journalist Chris Medland says Ferrari and Red Bull are worried that Mercedes could take “points off them” at the French Grand Prix.

In his column, Chris Medland once again confirmed what every F1 expert is saying, and that is that Mercedes could perform well at the Paul Ricard circuit.

“I’m sure you don’t need reminding, but at Silverstone we had an absolutely epic race as Mercedes managed to provide a threat to the top two teams, while Lewis Hamilton looked to be in the mix for victory,” Medland wrote.

“Ultimately Hamilton had to settle for third place, but the British driver’s move on both Leclerc and Sergio Perez at the final corner as the three scrapped it out in front of a partisan home crowd will live long in the memory.

“Fortunately, we don’t have to wait long for the chance to potentially see something similar, as Paul Ricard is a track that has some similarities to Silverstone, with high-speed cornering and a smooth track surface that should play into Mercedes’ hands a little more than Austria did.

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“The top two teams will be worried, because Mercedes being in the mix and potentially taking points off them adds an unpredictability to the title fight.

“There’s a chance that Hamilton or George Russell could take points off one of Red Bull or Ferrari, benefitting the other team and either closing up the standings or opening up gaps even wider,” the Briton concluded.

While Medland is right that Mercedes could take points off Ferrari or Red Bull, many believe there’s also a realistic possibility that the German team could beat them both and finally win its first race of the 2022 season.

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