Formula 1: Christian Horner responds as Lewis Hamilton predicts upcoming success for Red Bull

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Christian Horner has played down suggestions from Lewis Hamilton that Red Bull are going to be strong and hard to beat at the next two races, with Mexico and Brazil up next on the calendar.

Formula 1 continues its stint in the Americas in just over a week from now as the paddock heads to Mexico before then pitching up in Brazil before November is out.

Indeed, it's going to be a crucial couple of races in terms of the championship, with many of the opinion that the next two circuits will favour the Red Bull car over the Mercedes.

Certainly, Lewis Hamilton is of that mindset with him having this to say ahead of the next pair of Grands Prix:

"There are two circuits (Mexico and Brazil) that are strong for Red Bull, so we'll just try and minimise how strong they can be compared to us and see if we can do a better job."

Horner, though, is less sure of success in the coming weeks with him saying the closeness of this year's championship means previous form cannot be any guarantee of future victories:

"You've got to chuck the form book away. It's very tight between the two teams.

"Mexico has been a good track for us, but it's been a good track for them as well, on occasion. So we don't underestimate them.

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"So we've got to keep attacking race weekends and get the most out of them that we possibly can. And five to go, the pressure only gets bigger."

It's at this stage of the season where the predictions really do start to get thrown around but the best thing to do is sit back and enjoy the last five races of what has been an epic season.

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