Horner: "On average we're three to four-tenths behind Mercedes"
By Robert McGillivray 06 August 2020 | 09:49
Christian Horner has a somewhat better idea of how big the gap between Red Bull Racing and Mercedes is. Which gives the team a clear goal in the mission to close the gap, assures the team boss of the Austrian racing team in conversation with RaceFans.net.
Horner has an idea of how big the gap with Mercedes is in time (per lap) but takes into account that there are some variables involved. "I'm sure they were controlling the race at times," says the Brit about the speed of Mercedes during the British Grand Prix. "But we have a good indication of what they're doing".
"We're about three tenths to four-tenths behind them on average (in the race, ed.). So for us the challenge is going to make that smaller, especially at locations like this (Silverstone, ed.)", continues Horner.
Gap in qualifying is bigger
However, the gap in qualifying between Mercedes and Red Bull is much bigger than those three to four-tenths. Last weekend Max Verstappen had to give in for more than a second on pole-sitter Lewis Hamilton. "That's something we're trying to understand," Horner says. "In a single lap Mercedes has a particularly good pace," says Horner. "How they shift up between sessions, step by step, is special. We're going to have to see where that comes from". (Photo: Red Bull Content Pool / Getty Images)
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