Red Bull F1 representative “It is surprising that Mercedes, which has won the title for eight consecutive years, cannot win.”[F1-Gate.com]

-Red Bull F1 team principal Christian Horner is surprised by Mercedes’ disappointing performance. He said it was a surprise that Mercedes has not yet won a race this year, given eight years of good form and an experimental start to the season.

Until last year, Mercedes had won eight consecutive constructors’ championships, but at the start of the 2022 F1 season it fell short of Ferrari and Red Bull.

Despite recovering somewhat over the course of the season and getting close to second-placed Ferrari in the championship, a ninth consecutive win for Mercedes now seems impossible.

Mercedes surprised its competitors with a very experimental W13 look at this year’s winter testing. It soon became apparent that Mercedes had gone the wrong way with the “zero pod” concept, which had no sidepods.

With the big rule changes planned for this year, being well prepared has been very important. According to Christian Horner, it is surprising that despite starting these preparations so early, Mercedes still miscalculated.

“They changed focus very soon[l’anno scorso]. They talked a lot about sacrificing last year’s championship so they can work on the car for 2022, ”Horner said on F1’s Beyond the Grid podcast.

“When the car was introduced, we expected Mercedes to be as dominant as before, especially since that update[i sidepod]it looked very radically different. “
“Obviously it was a big blow for us to beat them in the drivers’ championship last year and we expected them to want revenge this year. It is very surprising that we have not won a Grand Prix in 2018”.

Finally, Horner also spoke about Red Bull Racing’s reaction to the radical design of the Mercedes car.

Christian Horner said he knew immediately that the Mercedes creation was made according to the rules and was not illegal, which he saw as a big difference in interpretation from the other teams.

“But people here became convinced very quickly that it wouldn’t work with our design. We were sure we were on the right track.”

Already during testing in Bahrain, it seemed clear that Mercedes had failed to build a winning car for the first time in nine years.

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