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Laurence Edmondson: Red Bull lost more than Mercedes at Baku


The title fight is still wide open.

The Australian Grand Prix podcast In the Fast Lane has released its latest episode, featuring ESPN Formula 1® Editor, Laurence Edmondson.

Edmondson joined In the Fast Lane co-hosts Matt Clayton and Michael Lamonato to recap an unexpected Azerbaijan Grand Prix, debate why the Baku circuit always throws up chaotic races, assess the ramifications of Lewis Hamilton's braking blunder and review a Sunday of both pleasure and pain for Red Bull Racing.

When comparing the disappointing race outcomes of both Mercedes and Red Bull, Edmondson said that whilst both Max Verstappen and Hamilton lost potential victories, it will hurt more for the Red Bull team.

“My general feeling in the immediate aftermath Mercedes felt distraught by it, the car has been nowhere for two races in a row and then they had two laps at the end and very good chance to win it, and a very small rather silly driver switch error came in and robbed them of the victory,” said Edmondson.

“But this was a hard one for Verstappen and Red Bull to accept, they didn’t do anything wrong, the tyre let go and there was no indication that Red Bull were running it in a way that was dangerous … and with that went 25 points to Verstappen.”

“That’s bad enough, but this is also a track where Red Bull clearly had the faster car than Mercedes. Mercedes were struggling and really in this season you need to capitalise on those races … I would say Red Bull on the whole are probably going to come away from this more disappointed,” he continued.

The podcast is available on Spotify, Google Podcasts and Apple Podcasts platforms.

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