Horner: “Mercedes might be getting a little cocky”


Christian Horner suggests that recent mistakes from the Mercedes camp may indicate that the German team is getting a little cocky because of all its success.

Lewis Hamilton has seen two potential victories go up in smoke in the past three races. At the Italian Grand Prix, the six-time world champion was in the lead, but received one stop and go penalty of ten seconds, because he was called in by his team while the pit lane was closed. As a result, he eventually finished seventh. Last Sunday in Russia, he was then third, after he twice received a five-second time penalty for performing a trial start incorrectly twice.

According to Red Bull Racing team principal Christian Horner, these kinds of incidents show that the dominant stable is not unbeatable and that Mercedes may even be getting a little cocky: “That’s why we desperately want a car that we can challenge them with,” he is quoted by Autosport. “I think we have a very strong team at the base.”

The Briton continues: “We have [in Rusland, red.] show again by performing the fastest pit stop. “The Red Bull crew completed two tire changes in less than two seconds.” Clearly, Mercedes has had some difficulties. Sometimes it is easier to be the challenging party. Sometimes you can get a little cocky if you’ve been dominant for so long. ”

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