Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton dominated the Qatar GP weekend to take a second consecutive win, which introduced the championship hole with Crimson Bull’s Max Verstappen right down to eight factors with two races left to run of a hotly contested 2021 world championship.
Verstappen was in for a weekend of “injury limitation” after arising quick in qualifying and being handed a five-place grid penalty, which he executed completely by transferring again as much as second and grabbing the additional level for the quickest lap.
When requested what the distinction was between the 2 rival outfits, Horner believes Crimson Bull’s weak point in Losail’s Flip 6 was the principle level of deficit to Mercedes, which the Milton Keynes outfit is eager to analyze forward of subsequent weekend’s Saudi Arabian Grand Prix.
“I believe there’s one nook that is differentiated us all weekend and it has been Flip 6 ,” Horner stated about Losail’s slowest nook, a good left-hander.
“We misplaced two tenths a lap each lap from Friday to Sunday at that nook and I believe that is one the issues we have to go and perceive and the place we have to enhance.”
With its lengthy straights and flat-out sections, the Jeddah avenue circuit is promising to be a powerful observe for Mercedes, significantly given Hamilton is ready to re-use his brisker energy unit launched to nice impact in Sao Paulo.
Mercedes’ Andrew Shovlin agreed his crew primarily made the distinction in cornering, after a lot has been stated about its straight-line pace in Brazil.
Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes W12, Pierre Gasly, AlphaTauri AT02, Max Verstappen, Crimson Bull Racing RB16B, and Fernando Alonso, Alpine A521
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“In some latest tracks we have been matching Crimson Bull within the corners and extracting a profit within the straight-line however in Qatar it ended up being the other,” the Mercedes director of trackside engineering stated within the crew’s post-race debrief.
“We had been matching them within the straight line and discovering all our time within the corners.
“The place does that point come from? Effectively, actually there are two areas. One is the downforce that you would be able to get on the automotive and clearly, our bundle was working fairly properly there, serving to us generate quite a lot of apex pace.
“However then additionally you’ve got bought the steadiness of the automotive and that is the factor that we tune with the mechanical settings, the springs and bars, additionally the entrance wing.
“Our drivers had a steadiness they had been very proud of, they’d stability on the best way in, they may assault the nook, carry pace and finally you noticed the demonstration of that with that unbelievable lap from Lewis for pole place.”
Horner acknowledged the Saudi circuit “ought to favour Mercedes” however believes Abu Dhabi’s reworked Yas Marina Circuit may supply an interesting title showdown if Hamilton had been to additionally win in Jeddah.
“The following observe arguably ought to favour Mercedes, Abu Dhabi with the modifications made there, who is aware of?,” he added.
“But it surely’s been extremely tight. So going into these final races, eight factors within the lead within the drivers’ championship, we have decreased the championship lead within the constructors to 5 factors.
“So, each are totally in play and that is unbelievable as a result of we’re now on the climax of this world championship.”