“Red Bull are less sensitive than Mercedes”– Former Ferrari superstar claims Red Bull has no psychological edge over Mercedes.
Red Bull and Mercedes are vying against each other for both championships, and the tensions of the track are certainly spilling on the mic, causing several rounds of war of words; with every passing race, the intensity is only flaring up.
Former Ferrari driver has called Red Bull less sensitive psychologically while competing against Mercedes, observing the contest between the two for half of the season.
“I believe Red Bull are less sensitive than Mercedes in this psychological war,” he told Speedweek.com. Maybe Berger has some ground to his argument as Red Bull, and Max Verstappen gave away a massive lead against Mercedes in the last two races.
But it is also fair to interject that Red Bull had no fault in it, as both races were spoilt by the Silver Arrows and receiving no significant loss to their points amassing in between.
A potential classic rivalry is brewing.
Berger then points out that a rivalry like Alain Prost and Ayrton Senna is brewing between Hamilton and Verstappen. However, he also points out that a collision like Silverstone would have been a fatal sight in the 1980s.
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“That’s it already. It takes place on the same level,” he said when asked if the Hamilton and Verstappen rivalry is really like Senna and Prost. “Actions like at Silverstone, where the run-off zones were very moderate, could have been fatal very quickly.
“The title fight between the drivers, but also between the teams, is open. And it continues to sharpen, both on and off the track. Both drivers and the teams give each other absolutely nothing.”
As mentioned above, in just two races, Hamilton managed to close down a deficit ranging more than 30 points against Verstappen, and Berger suggests that Verstappen needs to deal with it.
“Extrapolating points doesn’t help. In sport, you either have a run or you don’t. You have to be able to deal with that,” he confirmed.