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Red Bull Team Principal Christian Horner says his drivers will be looking to give Lewis Hamilton a “hard time” when they line-up in Sunday’s British Grand Prix.
For the fourth time this season, Mercedes finished fastest in qualifying but whereas it’s been Nico Rosberg who has led the way in previous races, it was Hamilton who took the honours on Saturday, beating his team-mate by nearly half a second to give Ross Brawn’s men a lock out on the front row.
The 28-year-old has struggled to adapt to his set-up since joining his new team at the start of the season, but won at Silverstone on the way to his only world championship victory in 2008 and will be desperate to give the home fans something to cheer in his home race.
However, Sunday’s event will be far from straight forward and although Mercedes occupy both spots on the front row of the grid, the Red Bull duo of Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber are directly behind having qualified third and fourth respectively.
Webber won at Silverstone last year, to follow-up his win in 2010, while triple world champion Vettel was victorious in 2009 and is again in excellent form having won last time out in Montreal.
Horner is understandably quietly confident about his team’s chances and although he admits Mercedes are extremely quick, insists his team won’t be making things easy for the home favourite on Sunday.
“It was a pretty solid qualifying,” Horner told PlanetF1’s Michelle Foster. “Obviously the Mercedes is very quick over a lap and congratulations to Lewis but hopefully we can give him a hard time tomorrow.”