Horner can't see past Mercedes

16 March 2017 12:37:40 EST

Red Bull chief Christian Horner still believes Mercedes are the clear favourites to retain their Formula One title in 2017.

The 43-year-old has spoken out with just over a week to go until the season-opening Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne as many are predicting Ferrari to usurp the Silver Arrows this year following their recent impressive performance during pre-season testing in Barcelona.

They [Mercedes] have won 50 races in the last three years, we've won five and Ferrari. Do I have to say more?

Christian Horner

Mercedes' driver Lewis Hamilton even claimed that Scuderia look the team to beat in another new era of the sport in which the cars are faster and more demanding for drivers.

However, Horner feels the changes are not significant enough to affect Mercedes' standing and he feels certain that they will be the team to beat

"Mercedes is the clear, clear favourite," he told the official F1 website.

"They have won 50 races in the last three years, we've won five and Ferrari. Do I have to say more?

"The regulation changes aren't that big. There have been times with equally big changes: refuelling/no refuelling; blown diffusers and no blown diffusers; a change from Bridgestone to Pirelli.

"One thing is crystal clear: good teams adapt."

Horner is also confident that Red Bull's own RB13 car should be able to challenge the top teams again this year.

He added: "Yes, we've made a good car, a good basis of a car that we will hopefully be able to develop effectively through the year.

"Renault has had a busy winter as well and hopefully the TAG Heuer-branded engine in our car will perform well this season. How well, and what the others will find, is pure speculation."

Red Bull are 11/2 to win the 2017 constructors championship, while Mercedes are 1/3 and Ferrari can be backed at 10/3.

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