Red Bull believe that Mercedes could be set to make it athree-team fight for victory at this weekend's British Grand Prix. Having swept every title bar one since 2014, Mercedes have slippedback in competitiveness in 2022, as Ferrari and Red Bull have shared all eightGrand Prix wins so far this year. But Mercedes put on arguably their most competitive showing ofthe season so far at the Canadian Grand Prix, as Lewis Hamilton and GeorgeRussell finished a solid third and fourth. Hamilton in third was only seven seconds adrift of race winner MaxVerstappen by the chequered flag, and the Briton cut a noticeably happierfigure than he had been after the previous race in Baku, when his W13 hadstruggled badly with porpoising and Hamilton appeared to be in pain as helifted himself from his cockpit. Speaking to media including RacingNews365.com , Red Bull TeamPrincipal Christian Horner expressed concerns that upcoming circuits on the2022 F1 calendar would continue to play to Mercedes' strengths. "I think Mercedeswill be strong at Silverstone and I don't see any reason why they wouldn't beat Paul Ricard," said Horner. "Ithink Ferrari will be quick at Silverstone as well. It could be more of achallenging circuit for us, just due to the nature of its layout. "It'sincredible that we've put a run of six race victories together, but Silverstonecould well be the most challenging yet."
Marko also wary of Mercedes pace
Red Bull's Special Advisor Helmut Marko echoed Horner's worries,with the Austrian referencing Mercedes' competitive pace at Montreal. "Mercedes were very strong on Sunday in Canada. At times, they were even faster than us. And Silverstone, I think this circuit suits thembetter," Marko told Austria's ORF . Hamilton has won seven of the last eight British Grands Prix, notablywinning 2021's event despite receiving a penalty for a controversial Lap 1tangle with Verstappen that sent the Dutchman into the barriers at high speedand out of the race.