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Horner makes Mercedes prediction after British GP revival

Silverstone proved a circuit where Mercedes were stronger than the opening nine events of 2022 - but Christian Horner believes Lewis Hamilton won't be quite so fast at other tracks on the calendar.

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Before the British Grand Prix got underway, Red Bull boss Christian Horner predicted that Mercedes would be faster at their drivers' home event: and he was right.

With an upgraded W13 machine under Lewis Hamilton and George Russell, the record-setting British crowd were delighted as their local heroes set quick times throughout the weekend.

Hamilton secured his record-breaking 13th podium with a third-place finish on Sunday. However, Horner does not believe fans of the Briton can expect to see that sort of performance at every event between now and the end of the season.

Speaking after the race, where his drivers finished second [Sergio Perez] and seventh [Max Verstappen], Horner agreed that while Mercedes were stronger around the Silverstone Circuit, it was simply a case of "swings and roundabouts".

Horner: It will be interesting to see what happens

"I think [when] we go to this type of track, it’s always going to play to their strengths. It will be interesting to see what happens over the next few [races]," he told media, including RacingNews365.com.

So where does he think Hamilton fans could see a repeat of the strengths Mercedes showed at Silverstone?

"I would think [that] France, in particular, would be good for them. They are probably pleased we're not in Singapore next week," he joked.

"It's going to be a case of swings and roundabouts."

The Austrian Grand Prix is next up on the calendar, a home event so often suited to Red Bull, will get underway in just a few days’ time.

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