Mercedes expect Red Bull response in Hungary

Mark Scott

Mercedes Red Bull

Mercedes are expecting more to come from nearest rivals Red Bull as the Formula 1 roadshow heads on to the Hungaroring.

The first two races of the 2020 Formula 1 season took place in Red Bull’s backyard but it was reigning World Champions Mercedes that secured victory in both races. Firstly with Valtteri Bottas at Round 1 and followed by Lewis Hamilton at Round 2.

Red Bull recovered from their double DNF in the season opener to a P3 and P4 finish at the Styrian Grand Prix, but they were still powerless to resist the Silver Arrows.

However, Mercedes boss Toto Wolff suspects Red Bull still has more up their sleeves.

“Lewis managed the gap,” Wolff said via the official Formula 1 website.

“There was probably more in there, but it is always a bit easier to lead than to follow in the dirty air. We saw Max commenting on how difficult it was to follow. Lewis had the same to say when lapping cars.

“Therefore, we may have seen everything from Max following, but maybe leading, we haven’t seen the full potential of the Red Bull and we haven’t seen the full potential of the Mercedes either.”

Wolff is wary of complacency at Mercedes and, whilst he is aware that constantly mentality bores people, he did underline the importance of having it.

He added: “I don’t want to bore you with repeating the mindset that we have just mentioned, we’re always sceptical about our own performance, we just always think it’s not good enough.

“We’re almost like hunting ourselves down and that is the mindset of this team, never to be satisfied with a result.

“When you are listening in the debrief on Monday morning after winning a race, you would think this is a team that has lost out badly. It’s just a culture we have developed over the last years that we never blame a person, we always blame the problem.”

Red Bull boss, Christian Horner, is also hopeful of some improvement from his team as they try keep on the heels of Mercedes.

“Mercedes’ straight line speed is impressive,” he told reporters after the Styrian Grand Prix.

“There is not much there in cornering speed, there are some corners where we are better, some where we are not quite as good, but certainly on this track their straight line speed has been very impressive, so they’ve made a good step over the winter.

“I hope that we’ll be more competitive in Hungary, it’s a different type of venue.

“Mercedes are very strong and just the distance that the three guys [Hamilton, Bottas and Max Verstappen] were ahead of the rest was enormous. Max did well to keep up as well as he did.”

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