Horner on Mercedes reluctance: "Hamilton's title chances in jeopardy if sprint races are introduced"
By Tomas Mota 01 June 2020 | 21:13
Mercedes fears that Lewis Hamilton will be less likely to become champion in 2020, if Formula 1 indeed decides to organise sprint races. This was claimed by Red Bull team boss Christian Horner after a meeting with the leaders of the other teams, in which each party discussed the potential introduction of the experiment.
In conversation with the gentlemen of the Sky Sports F1 Show, Horner explains why Mercedes is one of the few teams against the idea of a 30-minute sprint race to replace qualifying. "Toto (Wolff) didn't fully support the idea because he thought it would affect Hamilton's chances of a seventh title too much", Horner recalls.
Red Bull supports the idea
Unlike Mercedes and Ferrari, Red Bull is one of the teams behind the idea. "If there was ever a time to try it, it is now. The timing is perfect. After all, we will have two races in a row in Austria. If it doesn't work, we will find out quickly and we can leave it behind", says the Briton.
Horner, who won the Spielberg race for Red Bull with Max Verstappen in the past two years, expects it to deliver an increased level of spectacle. "The prospect of drivers having to fight for their position on the race on Sunday sounds very exciting. Hopefully we're not too afraid to try it."