On paper, Mercedes blew everyone away in Free Practice 2 in Melbourne, finishing the session eight tenths clear of their nearest rival, the Red Bull of Max Verstappen.
But speaking after Friday’s running, Red Bull team boss Christian Horner seemed content with his team’s work nonetheless – while he also issued a warning shot that Mercedes’ W10 car, while clearly fast, looked like a tough beast to handle.
Asked about Red Bull’s pace on Friday compared to Mercedes and Ferrari – with the team running their Honda power units in anger for the first time – Horner replied: “Long runs we look pretty sensible.
I think the one-lap pace of the Mercedes in [FP2] looked pretty impressive.
FP2: Hamilton heads Bottas as Mercedes go clear of the field “Ferrari looked like they under-delivered to what we thought they had in testing, and our guys both had pretty decent runs.