Christian Horner: We were very surprised to see Mercedes sticking with the concepts

The leaders of Red Bull were surprised by Mercedes' decisions.

by Sead Dedovic
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Christian Horner: We were very surprised to see Mercedes sticking with the concepts
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Mercedes had a tough season, and it's evident they weren't happy within the team. They began with their usual plan but realized they needed a change. Toto Wolff said they'd ditch their unique approach for a more typical one. Christian Horner, in an interview, hinted at whether this announcement gave Red Bull extra drive.

“Well, Toto tends to be a little dramatic anyway. 

I think what surprised us was that Ferrari had a very good car last year. And the natural evolution of that we expected it to be a very tight contender this year.

We were very surprised to see Mercedes sticking with the concepts that had clearly failed the previous year.

If you looked around the cars in pre-season, the cars that were closest in concept to us were the Aston Martin and McLaren.”- he said, as quoted by crash.net!

Christian Horner on Bahrain race

Horner emphasized that after Bahrain, his team was not particularly optimistic that they would have a great season. They knew it would take some time to figure out where they really fit. However, after a few races, it was clear to many that this team can really do great things.

“Certainly, coming out of Bahrain, we felt like, ‘we’ve got a really good package here. But we didn’t know whether it was circuit-specific – temperature, conditions, asphalt.

So, it’s only when you’ve had a sample of two or three and you’ve gone to a couple of circuits that have been more troublesome, certainly for us the previous year, like Melbourne for example, that suddenly you’re thinking, ‘ok, no, this is really together’. 

And so yeah, it takes a sample of a few races to get a clear overview. Nobody was coming out of Bahrain getting too carried away."

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