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Christian Horner

Why Horner expects Ferrari to face a 'tough' race

Charles Leclerc might be starting the Australian Grand Prix from pole position, but Red Bull team boss Christian Horner has predicted a difficult day at the office for Ferrari.

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Red Bull team boss Christian Horner expects Ferrari to face a challenging Australian Grand Prix for Ferrari, despite Charles Leclerc starting the race from pole position.

Ferrari claimed their second P1 grid slot of the season on Saturday, with Leclerc's best time putting him a couple of tenths clear of Red Bull's Max Verstappen.

It was not a perfect day for the Scuderia, though. Carlos Sainz qualified down in ninth, and their cars were also seen to be porpoising badly, leaving Red Bull optimistic that their closest World Championship rivals could encounter further issues on race day.

Ferrari's bouncing problems did not slow them down during qualifying, with Leclerc clocking the fastest lap time so far at the revamped Albert Park venue.

Horner: It's going to be tough for Ferrari

However, Horner has questioned whether Ferrari will be able to cope with an entire race of heavy porpoising, an issue that Red Bull are free from.

"It looks like they'll have a bit of a headache with all that bouncing going on," Horner told Sky Sports F1.

"And, of course, what we don't really know, because the long runs weren't long enough, is whether that is going to have an effect on degradation and other characteristics.

"I think it's going to be tough for them. We know they've got a very, very quick car, but I still think we can race them."

Horner also suggested that the track's three DRS zones could prove to be a factor.

"We'll see how powerful these DRS zones are," the Team Principal added.

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