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French Grand Prix victory disproves “blame” for rear wing and tire pressure

Verstappen extended his lead at the top of the F1 Drivers’ Championship by winning Paul Ricard. On Sunday, on the penultimate lap, he overtook Mercedes rival Lewis Hamilton to take the lead.

Verstappen’s teammate Sergio Perez was on the podium. Finishing in 3rd place allowed Red Bull to move further away from Mercedes in the Constructors’ ranking. The gap is 37 points ahead of this weekend’s Styrian Grand Prix.

The result came after Red Bull scrutinized the rear wing design (called the “Flexi Wing”) and faced a tough time on the use of tire pressure after Baku’s Verstappen broke down.

The FIA ​​implemented new clampdowns in both areas over the French Grand Prix weekend, but with pole, fastest lap and race wins, it didn’t seem to interfere with Red Bull’s performance.

Horner was asked how relieved it was to win the race, despite the technical instructions from the FIA, and felt that Red Bull critics had proved wrong.

“We’ve received a lot of comments in the last few weeks,” Horner said following the race at Paul Ricard on Sunday.

“We were accused. But we adhered to the rules and the way we responded shows the strength and depth that our performance is not based on the flexibility of the rear wing. I think.

“”[At] We’ve always followed Pirelli’s prescription, but this weekend’s rise in tire pressure was clearly challenging for all teams.

“But again, the engineering team did a great job of optimizing the cars around them.”

Masashi Yamamoto, Honda Motorsports General Manager, Christian Horner, Team Principal, Red Bull Racing, Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing, 1st place, Parc Ferme

Photo: FIA pool

Horner insisted on Sunday’s race: Red Bull can beat Mercedes “anywhere” if it can be done with Paul Ricard.In recent years, this truck has become the home of the German mark.

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Horner said his performance in the race to overturn Mercedes’ traditional advantage is “a testament to how hard the team worked” over the last 12 months.

“Remember, 60% of cars are carryovers,” Horner said.

“It’s the same chassis that won all these races. [with] I think the team just did a tremendous job last year.

“Mercedes is a very strong team and we need to maintain that momentum. It’s only a matter of time before they recover, but we have to keep doing what we’re doing.”

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