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Mercedes forces Red Bull and Max Verstappen into favorites for the Monaco GP

Max Verstappen
Foto: Red Bull Racing

Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff puts the ball in the camp of the competition by stating that Red Bull is the team to beat in the streets of Monaco this weekend.

Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes got off to a good start to the season, winning three of the four races driven. Challenger Max Verstappen had to settle for one victory with his Red Bull.

One would then think that the Mercedes team descends without pressure to the principality, but nothing could be further from the truth. In the preview of Mercedes, team boss Toto Wolff states that Red Bull is the big favorite this weekend.

“The first few races have resulted in a lot of wheel-to-wheel combat and tactical jousting in the fight for victory,” said Wolff.

“Spain was far from perfect for us, we have a lot to learn from that race. Nevertheless, coming back from a 2-4 in the first laps to a 1-3 at the end of the race is a strong result and we can be proud of that as a team. ”

Wolff thinks that the Monaco circuit with its high downforce layout is better suited for the Red Bull RB16B and he points to the Austrian formation as a favorite for the weekend.

“This race is unique and was missed terribly last year, we can’t wait to get back into action on the streets of Monte Carlo!” Wolff continues.

“It’s such a unique, intense weekend for the drivers and the team, with no margin for error. It keeps you on your toes and we love the challenge! ”

“Monaco is a track with a lot of downforce and we know that is one of Red Bull’s strengths. They were very fast in sector three in Spain and that is often a good indicator of strong performance in Monaco. ”

“We are going into the weekend knowing that they are the team to beat, while also knowing that we will have strong competition from some of the other teams.”

“But, like the season so far, we enjoy the hunt.”

We have to be patient for a few more days to see if Toto Wolff will be proved right. The bikes will roar for the first time in Monaco on Thursday instead of Friday as is the case during the other races.

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