Crimson Bull staff principal Christian Horner believes rival staff Mercedes is clearly favouring Lewis Hamilton over Valtteri Bottas this yr.

Hamilton is heading in the right direction to match Michael Schumacher’s document of seven world titles if he continues on his present trajectory this season and can be prone to beat Schumacher’s all-time profession win document of 91 victories.

Such is Mercedes’ benefit over the remainder of the sector this season that Hamilton has gained 5 of the seven occasions up to now, with Bottas taking one victory in Austria and Crimson Bull’s Max Verstappen scoring a win in Nice Britain.

Bottas began the season trying like Hamilton’s largest rival, however Verstappen has emerged as his closest competitor within the drivers’ championship up to now.

Mercedes has all the time taken pleasure in giving its drivers equal alternative of their battle for the title, however Horner believes Hamilton has been given preferential remedy this yr.

“It is apparent that Mercedes favours Lewis,” Horner mentioned. “You see it on technique, the positioning of the vehicles and so forth.

“Why would not they’ve put Bottas on a two-stop, for instance, in Spa [at the Belgian Grand Prix last weekend]? That might have given him the chance to win the race.

“The issue is that all the pieces is geared in the direction of Lewis this yr on his record-equaling marketing campaign. The truth for Valtteri is that except he qualifies forward, he hasn’t received an opportunity.”

Requested about Verstappen’s possibilities of taking the battle to Hamilton now that he’s 47 factors behind the Mercedes driver with 10 races remaining, Horner mentioned it was clear from the beginning of the season that Crimson Bull was the underdog.

“We’re nonetheless very a lot the outsiders,” he added. “Hamilton and Mercedes have been the favourites for each titles, as they had been coming into this season, however there’s nonetheless a protracted option to go as we aren’t even on the midway level but.

“We by no means surrender and we deal with each race like a cup closing and we’re ready whereby we now have nothing to lose.”

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