Formula 1
Formula 1
R
Emilia Romagna GP
18 Apr
Race in
42 days
R
Portuguese GP
02 May
Race in
56 days
09 May
Next event in
59 days
23 May
Race in
77 days
R
Azerbaijan GP
06 Jun
Race in
91 days
13 Jun
Race in
98 days
27 Jun
Race in
112 days
04 Jul
Next event in
115 days
18 Jul
Race in
133 days
R
Hungarian GP
01 Aug
Race in
147 days
29 Aug
Race in
175 days
05 Sep
Race in
182 days
12 Sep
Race in
189 days
26 Sep
Race in
203 days
R
Singapore GP
03 Oct
Next event in
206 days
10 Oct
Race in
216 days
R
United States GP
24 Oct
Race in
231 days
31 Oct
Race in
238 days
R
Australian GP
21 Nov
Race in
258 days
R
Saudi Arabia GP
05 Dec
Race in
273 days
R
Abu Dhabi GP
12 Dec
Race in
280 days

Horner: Mercedes' latest error could be sign of complacency

Red Bull boss Christian Horner say Mercedes' latest rules blunder has exposed a clear weakness at the world champion team, and could be a sign of complacency creeping in.

Horner: Mercedes' latest error could be sign of complacency

Lewis Hamilton was handed two five-second penalties at the Russian Grand Prix after making practice starts outside of the area that had been designated by the FIA.

Mercedes later owned up to having wrongly advised Hamilton that he would be okay to practice his getaways outside the pitlane, an action which prompted the stewards to row back on handing out two licence penalty points to the world champion.

With memories still fresh of the error Mercedes made at the Italian GP when Hamilton was brought in for a tyre change despite the pitlane being closed, it has highlighted that the German car manufacturer is not infallible.

And on a weekend where Red Bull produced the fastest pitstops of the season – with a 1.86 seconds turnaround for Max Verstappen and a 1.89 stop for Alex Albon – Horner says Mercedes' errors are something his team can exploit.

"That's why we desperately would like to get a car to challenge them, because I think operationally we have a very strong team," said Horner, who saw Verstappen split the Mercedes drivers with second place in Sochi.

"We've demonstrated that again with the fastest pitstop, and if we didn't break the [overall] record, we were certainly very, very close to it. It was the fastest one that we measured, and I got 1.8 seconds on my watch."

Read Also:


Horner said that being at the front in F1 can sometimes make it harder to operate without problems, as he suggested that after a long period of dominance it was all too easy for mistakes to creep in through complacency.

"We can only focus on ourselves," he said. "They [Mercedes] obviously have had some issues and when you're constantly at the front, it's easier sometimes to be the challenger team.

"Sometimes complacency can slip in when you've had such a period of dominance."

But despite Red Bull feeling there is an opportunity to exploit Mercedes mistakes, Horner is realistic that the stable regulations in to next year will make it hard to expect a massive change in the competitive situation for 2021.

"I think 2022 is the big opportunity," he said. "I think 2021, when you consider the DNA of these cars is carried over, then there are a lot of carry over parts.

"But that doesn't mean to say that we cannot unlock more potentially from our car, and develop the car effectively. I think we can close that gap."

shares
comments

Related video

Verstappen, Vettel question "harsh" penalty points system

Previous article

Verstappen, Vettel question "harsh" penalty points system

Next article

F1 race director Masi denies FIA is trying to stop Hamilton

F1 race director Masi denies FIA is trying to stop Hamilton
Load comments

About this article

Series Formula 1
Teams Red Bull Racing , Mercedes
Author Jonathan Noble
The updates Williams hopes will lead to a point-scoring return Prime

The updates Williams hopes will lead to a point-scoring return

After producing a car which demonstrated progress but lacked the points to prove it last year, Williams starts its new era of team ownership with the FW43B, its bid to continue the climb up the Formula 1 grid in 2021

Formula 1
Mar 5, 2021
How Ferrari plans to recover from its 2020 F1 nightmare Prime

How Ferrari plans to recover from its 2020 F1 nightmare

The 2020 Formula 1 season was Ferrari's worst for 40 years as it slumped to sixth in the standings. A repeat performance will not be acceptable for the proud Italian team, which has adopted a notably pragmatic approach to forging its path back to the top

Formula 1
Mar 4, 2021
Why Aston Martin’s arrival is more than just new green livery Prime

Why Aston Martin’s arrival is more than just new green livery

In the most eagerly anticipated Formula 1 team launch of the season, the rebranded Aston Martin squad’s changes go much further than the striking paint job. But rather than a restart, the team hopes to build on top of solid foundations.

Formula 1
Mar 3, 2021
The car Aston Martin begins its new F1 journey with Prime

The car Aston Martin begins its new F1 journey with

The team formerly known as Racing Point gambled successfully on a Mercedes look-alike in 2020 as it mounted a strong challenge for third in the constructors' race and won the Sakhir GP. Now clothed in British racing green, Aston Martin's first Formula 1 challenger since 1960 provides the clearest indicator yet of what to expect from the new-for-2021 regulations

Formula 1
Mar 3, 2021
The tricky driver conundrums facing Mercedes in F1 2021 Prime

The tricky driver conundrums facing Mercedes in F1 2021

Ahead of the new Formula 1 season, reigning world champions Mercedes will take on challenges both old and new. This also can be said for its driver conundrum which could become key to sustaining its ongoing success...

Formula 1
Mar 2, 2021
How Alpine's cure to 2021 F1 rules starts at the front Prime

How Alpine's cure to 2021 F1 rules starts at the front

A new name, new faces and new colours pulls the rebranded Alpine Formula 1 team into a new era while carrying over core elements of its 2020 car. But under the surface there's more than meets the eye with the A521 which hints at how the team will tackle 2021...

Formula 1
Mar 2, 2021
Can Mercedes' W12 retain the team's crown? Prime

Can Mercedes' W12 retain the team's crown?

Replacing Formula 1's fastest car was never going to be an easy feat for Mercedes. Amid the technical rule tweaks to peg back the W12 and its 2021 rivals, the new Mercedes challenger will remain the target to beat

Formula 1
Mar 2, 2021
The pointed note that starts Ferrari's Leclerc vs Sainz era Prime

The pointed note that starts Ferrari's Leclerc vs Sainz era

Ferrari is starting its post-Sebastian Vettel age by welcoming Carlos Sainz in alongside Charles Leclerc. But while Sainz has a tough challenge to match his new teammate, Ferrari is also sending a message that previous intra-team spats must end

Formula 1
Mar 2, 2021