Christian Horner has expressed shock that Mercedes have offered so little menace to Purple Bull’s probabilities of a title double this season.
Having seen off the problem of a malfunctioning Ferrari workforce, Purple Bull are out clear within the Drivers’ and Constructors’ Championships and on track to seize each with races to spare.
Mercedes may but pip Ferrari to second place within the groups’ standings, however are but to win a grand prix this 12 months having been off the tempo ever since testing once they unveiled a W13 with no sidepods.
Given how carefully matched the 2 constructors had been final time period, when Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton entered the Abu Dhabi finale degree on factors, Horner is bowled over by how Mercedes obtained their interpretation of the brand new rules for 2022 so flawed.
Requested throughout the Past the Grid podcast if he had been stunned by Mercedes’ relative lack of tempo, Horner replied: “Sure, as a result of they transitioned early, they made fairly a noise about compromising final 12 months’s championship due to shifting over very early to their 2022 automotive.
“After all, when their automotive broke cowl, significantly with this improve, it appeared so radically completely different that the expectation, from seeing how dominant Mercedes have been, was that they might be in a really related place, that clearly it harm final 12 months getting beat.
“We felt they might come again with a renewed vengeance for this 12 months. So, fairly exceptional that after the domination they’ve had for the final eight years that they’ve but to win a grand prix in 2022.”
When it was first reported that Mercedes had gone in a unique route to everybody else with their design, there have been even studies that it may make them a second per lap sooner.
Nevertheless it quickly turned obvious that was not the case, and Horner insisted Purple Bull had at all times retained confidence that their very own strategy was the right one.
“The primary query was is it authorized, as a result of it’s a really completely different interpretation. After all, it was,” mentioned Horner of the Mercedes idea.
“After which the fellows [here] had been fairly satisfied early on that they only didn’t really feel it might work inside the structure we had created. So there was an inside confidence that we’d picked the appropriate route.
“And naturally when the lap occasions began to come back in from that Bahrain check and also you visibly noticed the automobiles on observe, it didn’t appear like they’d obtained a rocket ship or that we had missed one thing basic.”
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