Mercedes F1's director of trackside operations Andrew Shovlin thinks Red Bull will in theory have the upper hand over Mercedes for the upcoming 2021 Monaco Grand Prix.
With Red Bull and Mercedes trading blows for supremacy in 2021, the characteristic of each circuit is a major factor in determining which one of these behemoths triumphs. While the German manufacturer has won three out of the first four races, they might not be able to secure a hat-trick of wins in Monaco.
"On paper, I would say it (the Monaco circuit) will probably suit Redbull more than us," Shovline told select members of the media including RacingNews365.com.
"We've been running our max downforce swing and we saw it on their car on Friday, but they didn't race it here so they can put a bit more downforce on so you know, paper, it's probably for them."
Shovlin though is still bullish about his team's chances saying the best car doesn't necessariliy win in Monaco.
"We've had good pace in slow speed corners here and that's normally a good indicator for Monaco," Shovlin continued.
"Monaco is an awfully difficult race to win. Even if you go there with the best car and you've got a great package, it's still a difficult race to win. We'll see where we are and if we're not the quickest, we'll we'll try and make their life difficult."
The Monaco Grand Prix should be interesting to watch this year. The circuit is such an outlier that predicting the pecking order prior to the start of the weekend is a tall order and the race has thrown up some overforseen winners even if overtaking is at a premium.