Red Bull Racing’s team principal Christian Horner says that his team would have proven they can win anywhere if they beat Mercedes during tomorrow’s French Grand Prix.

“It’s fantastic,” Horner said after Max Verstappen qualified on pole for tomorrow’s race. “It’s our first ever pole in France. So a great performance by Max today.

“He’s been quick pretty much in most of the sesions throughout the weekend. And I think as a team, they’ve been improving the car each session.”

The Mercedes cars of Hamilton and Bottas will line up behind Verstappen for tomorrow’s main event. Horner said that if the team can take the victory at Paul Ricard, they can beat the Silver Arrows at any circuit.

“It certainly gives us more confidence,” he said. “Let’s see how tomorrow goes, but this circuit, it’s been such a stronghold for Mercedes over the recent years. So, if we can beat them here, then really we can beat them anywhere.

“There’s a lot at stake, obviously, but the whole team is just working incredibly well, working long hours. It’s difficult this year because you’ve got the current car, you’ve got next year’s car, you’ve got the cost cap and everything else going on. But as a unit, to see the whole team coming together as it is and putting this pressure on Mercedes is phenomenal.”

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