In the round-up: After Max Verstappen re-took the championship lead yesterday, his Red Bull team principal Christian Horner expects Mercedes will hit back hard in the coming races.

In brief

Advantage Mercedes at next two races – Horner

After victory in the first two races following the summer break – albeit including the abandoned Belgian Grand Prix – Horner expects that Mercedes will have an advantage heading into the next two rounds at Monza and Sochi.

“Their car and engine package has always traditionally been very strong at those two venues,” he said. “They’ve been weaker venues for us.

“I expect them to have the advantage at the next two, but thereafter, it should be nip-and-tuck, I would certainly hope. So the next two weekends for us are about trying to limit the damage as much as we can and extract from the car as much as we can.

AlphaTauri told Gasly to slow down

Gasly was flying on his way to fourth

Pierre Gasly says his AlphaTauri team were telling him to slow down at times on his way to a strong fourth place at Zandvoort.

“I’m really pleased,” he said. “The car is fast, I managed to set it the way I want and the team did a fantastic job all the way through the weekend. So today we were flying.

“They were asking all the time to slow down the pace for tyres and I just wanted to push more because we had more pace than that. But all in all very good management and an amazing race.”

Zandvoort open to change of date

Dutch Grand Prix promoter Jan Lammers says the venue is not wedded to a September date for future races.

“That’s not something I focus on,” said Lammers yesterday. “That’s not my call.

“This is one of the 20 or 21 races, whichever it turns out to, so that has to fit into the larger picture of Formula 1. So I think if that fits in well with them, that’s more important and I think we will accommodate whatever it is.”

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