Can Red Bull really win anywhere now it’s toppled a Mercedes F1 stronghold?
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Can Red Bull really win anywhere now it’s toppled a Mercedes F1 stronghold?

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OPINION: Red Bull team boss Christian Horner reckoned Max Verstappen winning the French Grand Prix – an event where Mercedes had previously been dominant – would signal “we can beat them anywhere”. Here’s how that claim stacks up looking at the rest of the 2021 season

“This circuit, it’s been such a stronghold for Mercedes over the recent years. If we can beat them here, then really we can beat them anywhere.”

Red Bull team principal Christian Horner was pretty bullish ahead of the 2021 French Grand Prix at Paul Ricard. And so he had every right to be. Max Verstappen had just inflicted a first qualifying defeat on the Black Arrows at a track where it had taken two poles, won both races and led 105 of the 106 racing laps since Paul Ricard returned to the Formula 1 calendar in 2018.

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