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In the round-up: Red Bull team principal Christian Horner says his team’s recovery in the championship shows why the threat of Mercedes should not be underestimated.

In brief

“Things can turn around very quickly” – Horner

Having lagged off the front-running pace in the opening races, Mercedes were quick enough to trouble Mercedes in Spain thanks to their latest upgrade.

Horner said he isn’t ruling them out of getting into contention for the championship, pointing out how Red Bull recovered quickly after a series of retirements in the opening rounds.

“It shows how quickly things can swing,” he said. “I think after Australia we came home 40 points behind, and we lead by six going into Monaco a couple of races later. So it just shows in Formula 1 how quickly things can swing and change.

“That’s why I wouldn’t write off Mercedes with the amount of points still available. And we know Ferrari’s got a very quick car, so things can turn around very quickly.”

We chose wrong strategy – Schumacher

Mick Schumacher says Haas slipped up by sticking to a two-stop strategy in the Spanish Grand Prix. He failed to score after starting ninth.

“It’s unfortunate,” he said after the race. “We had a good start, we were in a good position. But the tyres just didn’t last as we expected them to.

“We probably then took the wrong decision in staying on ‘Plan A’ and not diverting to something else, which was then in that case a three-stop strategy. So quite gutting but we we will analyse it as a team and we Will come back stronger as a team.”

Schumacher ran as high as sixth at one stage before slipping to 14th at the finish.

“It was very fun to be up there with everybody and seeing that we had such a good start,” he said. “And obviously it was frustrating that we didn’t have the pace to stay there.”

Vettel victim of robbery

A bag belonging to Sebastian Vettel was stolen in Barcelona yesterday morning following the Spanish Grand Prix, his Aston Martin team have confirmed.

“He tried to find it by using his iPhone to track his earphones which were in his bag,” an Aston Martin spokesperson explained, “but when he located his earphones he found them abandoned and was therefore unable to locate his stolen bag.”

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Hearing some pretty bad stories from fans at #SpanishGP – people fainting from heat stalls selling out of water as well as HUGE traffic issues. Also saw one story of a man running a hose for drinking water to a long queue..!

Did you attend? What was your experience? #F1

— Claire Cottingham (@Cla_Cottingham) May 23, 2022

Every second person watching TV in Austria yesterday viewed the @F1 race on @ORF ! A stunning 51% market share 💪 – a new record. Most viewed Barcelona F1 Race ever with us on national free-to-air Television #ORF #Austria #F1Nation #ThankYouViewers #Danke

— alex wurz (@alex_wurz) May 23, 2022

Yesterday was another day that reminded me just how much I love this sport. Going from your emotions hitting the floor to ending on a high is such a thrill. All of our hard work as a team is starting to pay off. Together we are making progress! Can’t wait for this weekend.

— Lewis Hamilton (@LewisHamilton) May 23, 2022

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