Red Bull expects Mercedes “to be quick” at the French GP

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Red Bull’s Christian Horner and Max Verstappen give their thoughts on Mercedes’ current pace and whether they can challenge the frontrunners.

While talking to Servus TV Max Verstappen talked about the animosity that grew between Red Bull and Mercedes in 2021, and said that the same could happen if they start fighting again on even terms, which he foresees could happen later in the season.

“Last year’s conflict was not necessarily between the drivers but more between the teams,” Verstappen said.

“We are, of course, not fighting with Mercedes at the moment. I think it will be different if we fight each other again. Maybe at the end of the season. We’ll see.”

However, the Dutchman doesn’t see the team being an immediate threat for Ferrari and Red Bull.

“They are better than at the start of the year but they need just a little bit more. They are not bad over a single lap, but in the race on Sunday you saw we got away from them quickly.

“I think it also has to do with the different circuits. At Silverstone, they were very fast in the race. It’s the same with us and Ferrari.

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“It’s about the details that can make the difference in the end,” Verstappen concluded.

Red Bull team boss Christian Horner however thinks the German team is getting closer and closer.

“We expect them to be quick in [Paul] Ricard,” Horner told Motorlat.

“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. They keep continuously 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,” the Briton concluded.

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