Red Bull team principal says Fernando Alonso's exciting wheel to wheel battle with Lewis Hamilton at the Hungarian Grand Prix made it look like he was driving for Red Bull.
Alonso kept Hamilton at bay for eight crucial laps which helped his Alpine teammate Esteban Ocon to victory in Budapest, which also stopped the seven-time world champion from earning seven more points in the Drivers' Championship.
"I should think Mick Schumacher had more downforce than Max had on Sunday," Horner told RacingNews365.com and other select members of the press. "He drove his heart out, he earned one point and that point could be crucial at the end of the year.
"The mechanics lowered the pit stop time for this year as well certainly on our watches so we keep fighting and thankfully Mercedes made a howler strategically. Fernando Alonso looked like he was driving for Red Bull as well and damage was limited compared to what it what it could have been."
Hamilton took the lead of the championship over Max Verstappen by eight points following the Dutchman's ninth place finish in his damaged RB16B. Horner believes there's no clear picture as to whether Mercedes would have had the pace over Red Bull had the race been less dramatic.
"I think that the Hungaroring was expected to suit them," said Horner. "We didn't get a clear read in the race.
"I think it's impossible to read your race because max had half a car so impossible to to judge on race pace. But they had a very strong package here this weekend."
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