Red Bull's Horner impressed with early Mercedes pace

Annette Crawford
Марта 17, 2019

With plenty of focus on Red Bull Racing's new partnership with Honda, Verstappen finished Free Practice 1 for the 2019 Australian Grand Prix an encouraging fourth, less than two tenths-of-a-second adrift of pace-setter Lewis Hamilton.

Red Bull newcomer Pierre Gasly will have his work cut out against teammate Max Verstappen.

Horner was particularly impressed with Mercedes' pace in the afternoon session.

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"There could be a surprise, but it's been four years that people expect surprises from Honda", he mused. Mercedes and Ferrari are still the fastest but let's see what we can do.

Despite the performance advantage of the German cars, Horner questioned the comfort of the W10's handling. "We clearly aren't where we would like to be but we're going in the right direction".

"After some of the difficulties we've had this weekend, especially this morning, I was a bit anxious but the guys here and back at the factory have been working really well together to find a good set-up and I think we can be pleased with the second row".

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"It looks like Mercedes are very quick and they seem to be a little happier with the overall balance. We need to stay positive and tomorrow will be about learning about the vehicle and hopefully gaining some positions".

"My running was also a little different to the others in terms of preparation and there is definitely some lap time in that".

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