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Red Bull concerned with Mercedes’ straight-line speed

ISTANBUL, TURKEY – OCTOBER 10: Red Bull Racing Team Principal Christian Horner looks on in the garage during the F1 Grand Prix of Turkey at Intercity Istanbul Park on October 10, 2021 in Istanbul, Turkey. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images) // Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool.

Christian Horner confirms that Red Bull Racing did not expect Mercedes’ progress with the power unit.

Why it matters: According to the latest reports, Mercedes managed to gain extra horsepower from their power unit.


  • Horner admits that Red Bull cannot reach Mercedes at the straights.
  • The Red Bull team principal insists that the team should respond to Mercedes’ latest progress.

What he had to say:

  • “Their straight-line speed has taken a significant step recently. Whereas we could match them with smaller wings previously, now we can’t get near.”
  • “Lewis, in particular, had a significant straight-line advantage with a bigger rear wing on the car.”
  • “We’ve got to maximize our package as best we can and as I say it’s surprising that they appeared to have made the step that they have with the power unit.”
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