Red Bull manager Christian Horner is hoping the higher altitude in Mexico and Brazil will provide an opportunity to break Lewis Hamilton’s ‘stronghold’ as the Formula 1 season nears its climax.
Max Verstappen regained the lead in the six-point driver standings in Turkey after finishing second, with a grid penalty leaving Hamilton in fifth place. The Mercedes car always looked stronger than the Red Bull, with Valtteri Bottas taking the victory at Istanbul Park.
Horner admitted it would be difficult to derail Mercedes in the United States, with Hamilton posting an impressive five-game winning record in Texas, but is hopeful Mexico and Brazil can be critical turning points in the championship.
“I think we know the next race in Austin has been a Hamilton stronghold for several years now.
“But then Mexico and Brazil, hopefully higher altitude races tended to be pretty strong for us in the past, and I wasn’t sure what to expect in the last three.
“It’s going to be fascinating, but we’ll have to be at the top of our game. “
The constructors’ championship is also set to be played on the wire, with Red Bull currently trailing Mercedes by 36 points after Verstappen and Sergio Perez both stepped onto the podium in Turkey.
“We were able to extract as much as we could,” Horner continued. “Good execution of the pit stops, good strategy, we got the calls directly on the pit wall and with the drivers, so it was positive but definitely the place [was] strong for Mercedes at an absolute pace.