According to Red Bull team boss Christian Horner, some of Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton‘s statements are far from ‘reality’.

Red Bull driver and French Grand Prix winner Max Verstappen is currently way ahead of Hamilton at the moment on their home soil.

“He was as fast on the hard tyres as our opponents were on the soft,” Red Bull advisor Helmut Marko stated talking about Verstappen’s long runs on Friday.

Difficult to beat Red Bull

Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton; Source:

A Mercedes engineer was interviewed by Auto Motor und Sport who stated that Red Bull is half a second per lap clear in comparison to the Silver Arrows.

“I think it will be difficult to beat Red Bull,” Lewis Hamilton admitted.

“Still, it’s close. We just don’t know what will happen when they turn up the engine.”

What did Hamilton say?

During the race in Paul Ricard, Hamilton mentioned that Red Bull’s newly installed engines were highly powerful and provided a further 3 tenth boost on the straights.

However, team boss Toto Wolff sidelined this claim stating that such power gains are impossible with a homologated engine.

“We just need to do our homework and continue to improve rather than point a finger at the engine,” said the Mercedes boss.

“This is all in FIA territory. It’s much too early to say anything like that – that the engine is more powerful. There are so many things that play a role.”

Christian Horner responds

Christian Horner; Source:

“I think Toto has answered it very well – and I think maybe he should explain it to his driver,” Horner said.

“I listen with interest and sometimes some of Lewis’ theories are some way from reality.”

Verstappen however thinks that Hamilton is just playing games with the media.

“He tries to play the underdog quite a bit,” the Dutchman told De Telegraaf.

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