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Mercedes

Red Bull camp fearful of Mercedes fightback

Honda's F1 technical director Toyoharu Tanabe says he expects Mercedes to bounce back strongly with the next three races set to take place on traditional race tracks

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Despite leading both the Drivers' and Constructor's championships, Honda's F1 director Toyoharu Tanabe says neither Honda nor Red Bull can remain complacent.

The last two rounds of the championship have seen the Mercedes team struggled for form. The German outfit scored a meager six points in total, meaning Red Bull has leapfrogged them in the Constructor's championship, while Max Verstappen leads Lewis Hamilton by four points in the Drivers' Championship. Tanabe though is expecting a resurgent Mercedes.

"Mercedes is not a silent team, of course, I think they will come back," Tanabe told Ziggo Sport.

"I think Mercedes is stronger at normal circuits, that's why I would have liked to get a bit more margin [in Baku]. We know they'll be strong at the normal circuits but we'll see. We've had two positive weekends because the car was really strong in the race.

"I don't think anyone had a chance to threaten us during the race, so that's a positive sign. The results are good, but that doesn't mean we're going to be good at coming races."

Despite Tanabe's words of caution it's fair to say that the Verstappen and Red Bull combination has trumped the Hamilton and Mercedes axis when it comes to consistency so far this year.

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