Purple Bull ‘must beat’ F1 rival Mercedes’ in Monaco
Some wonderful technique calls from Mercedes and good performances by Lewis Hamilton have thus far restricted Purple Bull to a single win at Imola, however Horner is hopeful that Monaco’s distinctive tight and twisty nature ought to favour the strengths of the RB16B.
“Sector 3 typically offers an indicative view of how the automotive could possibly be at Monaco, so hopefully we needs to be aggressive,” Horner stated.
“I feel each Grand Prix this yr bar Bahrain, there’s been lower than a tenth of a second between ourselves and the pole place, so it has been phenomenally shut.
“And Monaco, we want to verify we beat Mercedes in Monte Carlo. However we all know that that will likely be extremely powerful.”
Whereas Mercedes has usually held the sting on race day, Horner insists Purple Bull could be buoyed by how rather more aggressive the staff is relative to its important rival in comparison with earlier years.
“I feel the Mercedes, we have seen it since Bahrain, I feel that their race tempo has been higher than ours at every grand prix that we have seen thus far,” he added.
“And I feel that their degradation has been higher than ours. So we knew these final two circuits [Spain and Portugal] would play to their strengths.
“They’ve completed that however we’re an terrible lot nearer than we now have been and I feel if we are able to discover some extra race tempo. It is nonetheless very very tight between the 2 automobiles.”
Horner’s reverse quantity at Mercedes, Toto Wolff, believes that Purple Bull stays the staff to beat, regardless of back-to-back victories for Hamilton in Portugal and Spain.
“Monaco is a excessive downforce observe and we all know that is a key energy of Purple Bull,” he defined. “They have been very fast in sector three in Spain and that is usually a superb indication of robust efficiency in Monaco.
“So, we head into the weekend understanding they’re the staff to beat, while additionally understanding we’ll face robust competitors from a number of the different groups, too. However, identical to the season thus far, we’re having fun with the hunt.”