Mercedes advantage artificial, says Horner

Red Bull team boss Christian Horner has played down the sizeable gap between his Red Bull drivers and the dominant Mercedes duo of Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg during the Spanish Grand Prix.

Daniel Ricciardo and Sebastian Vettel finished as best of the rest during Sunday’s 66-lap encounter at the Barcelona venue, but the Australian’s RB10 was over three quarters of a minute adrift of winner Hamilton.

However, Horner believes that his squad’s outright performance was masked, with Ricciardo getting stuck behind the Williams of Valtteri Bottas in the opening stint and Vettel having to fight through the field from 15th.

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