Lewis Hamilton has suggested that Red Bull could have an advantage over Mercedes at the Styrian and Austrian Grand Prix.
Max Verstappen's team managed to get the better of the Silver Arrows at the recent French Grand Prix and Hamilton is expecting a potential repeat situation when they compete at the Red Bull Ring for two back-to-back races beginning this weekend.
"It’s a power-hungry circuit, got those long long straights so we could see something similar to this weekend, obviously with the straightline speed of the Red Bull," Hamilton told RacingNews365.com and other select media.
"But we’ve got three days to try and see if we can make any adjustments and improvements and maybe if we maximise absolutely everything maybe we can give them a run for their money."
Verstappen - who currently leads the Drivers' Championship from Hamilton by 12 points - is predicting a close battle again but thinks it is not necessarily guaranteed that Red Bull will come out on top.
"I’m looking forward to it, first of all, of course because it’s like a home Grand Prix," the Dutchman said. "We’ve had good results in the past but it’s not a guarantee.
"We have to again set up the car well there and read the conditions well. I don’t know what the weather is going to be like so I’m looking forward to it. I’m for sure expecting it to be close again but yeah, we’ll find out when we are there."
Both Verstappen and Hamilton have won at Austria's Red Bull Ring on two previous occasions. The track did not have a spot on the F1 calendar for a number of years, but was brought back in 2014 following a 10-year absence.
The circuit hosted the opening two rounds of the shortened 2020 season, and again will host back-to-back events in 2021.