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Christian Horner

Horner welcomes Mercedes' return to the front of the F1 grid

With Mercedes continuing to show signs of progress, Christian Horner is expecting the team to pose a serious challenge in the very near future.

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Christian Horner has welcomed the prospect of Mercedes returning to the fight of the front of the grid.

The Silver Arrows have displayed signs of progress at recent race weekends, with hints of strong pace at the British and Austrian Grands Prix.

Whilst the team's running at the Red Bull Ring was compromised by Lewis Hamilton and George Russell both crashing out of Q3 in Friday's qualifying, they still managed to secure double points finishes in both the Sprint and the main Grand Prix.

Horner expects Mercedes to be strong at French GP

The next race on the calendar will be the French Grand Prix, held at the Circuit Paul Ricard, and Horner is anticipating a good weekend for Mercedes at the venue.

"I would expect them to be quick in [Paul] Ricard," Horner told media, including RacingNews365.com.

"They're showing flashes of being there or thereabouts. The last two races have been pretty decent for them.

"There's been no sign of any porpoising at all. They seem to be slowly bringing themselves back into the game."

Mercedes' return good for the fans, says Horner

Horner believes that it would be a positive for fans to be able to witness Mercedes joining in the battle with Red Bull and Ferrari.

"I think they'll be a contender," the team boss commented.

"They keep consistently scoring points. I'm not sure how far off they are in the Constructors' or Drivers' [Championships] at the moment.

"Sometimes to have more cars in play is a good thing, sometimes it might be a bad thing.

"But I think, for the fans, it's great to have six cars competing for victories."

Mercedes currently sit third in the Constructors' Championship with 237 points, 66 points away from second-placed Ferrari and a further 122 points adrift from leaders Red Bull.

The Silver Arrows have a signifcant lead over fourth-placed McLaren, though, with the advantage currently standing at 156 points.

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