The huge increase in speed that appeared on the Mercedes car in the last 3 races of the Formula 1 World Championship, raised many questions, especially for Christian Honor, president of Red Bull, Mercedes’ rival.
“I think their speed on the straights has increased quite a lot lately,” Horner said.
Under F1 rules, title contenders are not allowed to improve their engines during the season, with Horner stressing that it was clear at the last Turkey Grand Prix, saying that “it was evident at this track, where Lewis had a noticeable advantage on the straights in There is a larger rear spoiler in the car.
Mercedes, in turn, rejected Red Bull’s allegations, saying that nothing had changed in its engine except for the installation of a new one on Lewis Hamilton’s car at the Turkey Grand Prix last weekend.
Both Hamilton and his rival Max Verstappen from Red Bull used new engines, which led to the punishment according to the laws during the last two races. Verstappen changed his engine in the Russian Grand Prix, which Hamilton did in Turkey.
Verstappen leads the drivers’ standings, six points ahead of Hamilton, with 6 races remaining in the season, after the Dutchman finished second in the Turkey Grand Prix, while Hamilton finished fifth.
But at the same time, Red Bull fell further behind Mercedes in the constructors’ championship, and the gap between them widened to 36 points.
Verstappen said Red Bull should look for a way to increase the speed. “They were definitely faster than Red Bull this week. I think they leveled up a little bit especially on the slippery and wet tracks,” Verstappen said.