Coronel: “Difference between Red Bull and Mercedes has nothing to do with Verstappen”

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According to Formula 1 journalist Ruud Dimmers, the Germans have trumped Red Bull and the rest of the field in all areas this season: “Mercedes is better than the Red Bull car in all areas this season. In the past you had that Max. Verstappen races in which the Dutchman could still make a difference and grab Valtteri Bottas. Sometimes he had those days when he could even beat Lewis Hamilton, but this year that is not possible because the Mercedes car is simply much better. Just look at the race in Portugal, Mercedes drivers easily drove 40 laps on the medium tires! This while at Red Bull the tires wear out a bit faster “

Tom Coronel is optimistic about the Red Bull car. “Of course Mercedes has the better car, but you see in the last three or four races that Verstappen is getting closer. Especially in qualifying, he always manages to get a little more out of the car than is actually in it. Only in the race. The Mercedes seems to have just that little bit more, making it difficult to make it really difficult for Hamilton for the time being. “

The Dutch racing driver agrees with the words of Dimmers, who says that the driver is not the cause of the gap between Red Bull and Mercedes: “It seems that the hybrid system of the Mercedes also has more power during the race. can deliver than the Red Bull car and the Honda engine it contains. This creates a mechanical difference, but that has nothing to do with the driver, “said Coronel.

In addition to the perfect car that Mercedes has built, Dimmers also wants to remind listeners how great Hamilton is doing. “Hamilton’s tire management is really excellent, he is sublime. Lewis and Bottas both drive a great car, but Bottas eats up his tires much earlier than Hamilton does. Hamilton drives really brilliantly.”

Albon’s chair legs are faltering and Verstappen has already expressed his preference for Nico Hulkenberg. How long will Red Bull allow Albon to struggle? That and more will be discussed by racing driver Tom Coronel, F1 journalist Ruud Dimmers and host Thomas van Groningen in the latest RN365 podcast, which can be heard below.


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