After Red Bull won three consecutive Grand Prix for the first time in turbo hybrid era after achieving podium via Max Verstappen in the French Grand Prix, Mercedes’ fanatics are worried than ever to acknowledge the danger of the rival team beating them on every single track. Certainly, the ace driver, Lewis Hamilton thinks major improvements should be within three days before the upcoming Styrian Grand Prix if the defending champions are meant to counter Red Bull.
Both Red Bull and Max Verstappen have extended their lead on the top of the respective standings. With concerns looming over Mercedes tactics and form, Hamilton has the best chance of answering his critics if he emerges victorious at the Red Bull Ring. Especially after knowing Verstappen is a 2-time winner at Austria.
Formula 1: Lewis Hamilton on Facing Stiff Competition in Styrian Grand Prix from Red Bull
The Formula 1 circus now heads to Austria for two consecutive races at the Spielberg hills and Hamilton anticipates it will be difficult to stop Verstappen from winning again.
“It’s a power-hungry circuit, with long straights so we could see something similar to this weekend given the straight-line speed of the Red Bull,” said the seven-time world champion. “We’ve got three days to see if we can make any adjustments and improvements and maybe, if we maximise absolutely everything, we can give them a run for their money.”
Max Verstappen executed the perfect Red Bull strategy to pass Hamilton on the penultimate lap and pile further pressure on the Briton’s Mercedes team. And in an additional boost for Verstappen, the 23-year-old will be able to count on thousands of Dutch fans travelling to Spielberg to provide support.
Red Bull also moved 37 points clear of Mercedes in the constructors’ championship with Sergio Perez passing Valtteri Bottas for third in the closing stages.
Team principal Christian Horner said, “When you look at the dominance that Mercedes had last year and let’s not forget, 60 per cent of the car is carryover. It shows we have just done a phenomenal job. We’ve just got to keep that momentum going, because Mercedes are such a strong team and it is only a matter of time before they bounce back.”