Mercedes getting closer to race wins says Verstappen

World champion and 2022 championship leader Max Verstappen thinks Mercedes could soon be back in the fight for victories. The Red Bull driver admits his rivalry with the German team and Lewis Hamilton has taken a back seat for now but “it will be different if we fight each other again”. Indeed, Hamilton has returned to the podium recently – and George Russell says he wasn’t far away in Austria. “The positive thing is that I was only about 15 seconds from the podium,” said the 24-year-old. Red Bull boss Christian Horner said: “We expect Mercedes to be fast at Paul Ricard.

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