Red Bull 'needs to make sure' it beats Mercedes in Monaco

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Red Bull 'needs to make sure' it beats Mercedes in Monaco

Christian Horner says Red Bull will imperatively need to beat Mercedes next weekend in Monaco after conceding three defeats in four races to the Brackley squad.

Although Red Bull is considered to have a faster car than Mercedes, and despite Max Verstappen leading more laps this season than Lewis Hamilton, the Milton Keynes-based outfit has only once defeated its rival thanks to the Dutchman triumph in the Emilia Romagna GP at Imola.

Ahead of the fifth round of the season, Mercedes leads Red Bull by 29 points in the Constructors' standings, and any further extension of that advantage next weekend could jeopardise the bulls championship hopes.

"I think every Grand Prix this year bar Bahrain, there's been less than a tenth of a second between ourselves and the pole position," said Horner.

"It's been phenomenally close, and Monaco, we need to make sure we beat Mercedes in Monte Carlo. But we know that that will be incredibly tough."

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But Horner took away from Barcelona last time out an indication that Red Bull's RB16B can perform well around Monte Carlo's tight and twisty layout.

"Sector 3 sometimes gives a good indicative view of how the car could be in Monaco. Monaco hopefully we should be competitive."

Horner says that Mercedes' wins in Portugal and Spain were not unexpected. But just a small improvement in race pace could go a long towards inching Red Bull closer and perhaps past F1's reigning world champions.

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"I think the Mercedes, we've seen it since Bahrain, I think that their race pace has been better than ours at each Grand Prix that we've seen so far, and I think that their degradation has been better than ours," explained Horner.

"So we knew these last two circuits [Spain and Portugal] would play to their strengths, they've done that but we're an awful lot closer than we have been and I think that if we can find some more race pace, it's still very, very tight between the two cars."

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Haas' order to rookies: Stay away from the barriers in Monaco!

Haas team boss Guenther Steiner says his main instruction to Mick Schumacher and Nikita Mazepin ahead of this... The post Haas' order to rookies: Stay away from the barriers in Monaco! appeared first on F1i.com.

Haas' order to rookies: Stay away from the barriers in Monaco!

Haas team boss Guenther Steiner says his main instruction to Mick Schumacher and Nikita Mazepin ahead of this week's Monaco GP will be to "stay out of the walls and off the barriers".

Formula 1 returns to the glitzy Principality after two years away following the race's cancellation in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

And Haas returns no longer with a pair of seasoned racers but with a rookie duo vulnerable to the pitfalls of Monte Carlo's tight and twisty layout

Both Schumacher and Mazepin raced in Monaco in 2019 in a round of the FIA Formula 2 Championship but tackling the challenging course in an F1 car will be another difficult trial of the pair's skills.

Steiner's brief to his young chargers is to keep it clean from the outset and to gain experience.

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"Regarding the briefing – stay out of the walls and off the barriers, that’s what we’ll let them know," warned the Italian.

"Once you’re in the barriers in Monaco, your session is lost. You cannot get the car back and it’s normally pretty damaged anyway.

"The challenge is big. It’s a very tight circuit, it’s obviously a street circuit, and you’ve got lots of people watching – everything you don’t want on a race like this.

"On the other side, you do want it though, that’s why we’re doing it.

"There should be little pressure on the drivers there as we know our performance. They should be looking at the race just to gain experience so when they return with a better car they’ll have learned how to deal with Monaco – which is obviously a very special race in the Formula 1 calendar."

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Steiner insists that both drivers are slowly but surely settling in and improving their working relationship with their fellow team members.

"At the moment we’re very happy with how they’re getting along with the team," said the Haas team principal.

"You can always get better, but we’re at a very good point, and the relationships with the people they work directly with are improving – they’ve started off on a good foot and it’s just a work in progress.

"There are a lot of people working in a Formula 1 team and the drivers need to get to know them better, especially the people that work directly with them. Up to now though it’s been very positive progress."

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