Mercedes‘ recent upgrade has boosted its confidence for the remainder of the F1 season, as Lewis Hamilton and George Russell claimed a double podium finish in the Spanish Grand Prix. The team struggled initially with its “zeropod” concept, which it swiftly acknowledged wasn’t going to provide the performance needed to keep up with Red Bull. Despite the progress made in Barcelona, Red Bull Team Principal Christian Horner has spoken out, stating that Mercedes‘ upgrades may have eaten too much into its development budget. He also questions Hamilton‘s 24-second gap behind Verstappen, stating that the gap to the opposition isn’t closing.
Horner praised his team for its efficiency in maintaining an advantage in F1 despite minimal improvements made to the RB19 challenger. He has faith in the team’s ability to continue to dominate whilst subtly developing the car, whilst other teams such as Mercedes opt for significant upgrades. The margin between Red Bull and its competitors has remained constant, which Horner commends Milton Keynes for.