“Be Friendly” – Mercedes Boss Toto Wolff Chides His Red Bull F1 Adversary Christian Horner in Hungary

Published 08/03/2021, 9:30 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Bahrain Grand Prix – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – March 26, 2021 Mercedes’ Team Principal Toto Wolff with Red Bull Team Principal Christian Horner during the press conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS


Things haven’t been easy with Team Principal, Toto Wolff, and Christian Horner ever since the British Grand Prix. Red Bull boss, Horner was quite yet over what happened at the last race weekend when Lewis Hamilton took out Max Verstappen at Silverstone.

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Since then Horner has been constantly attacking Wolff & Co. However, the boss of Mercedes has grown tired of Christian continually complaining about them. The two had a brief conversation after the Hungarian GP, just before they parted ways, Wolff gave a stern statement to the Red Bull boss.

Wolff and Horner lock heads post the Hungarian GP

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As the Austrian boss was done with an interview with Sky Sports after the conclusion of the race in Budapest. It was Horner’s turn to gives his perspective on the race, where he suffered so horribly. Before he faced the media, he had to face Wolff.

The two were spotted having a quick conversation. As Wolff left he quickly turned around and said with a stern face, “Be friendly”. Horner just chuckled and carried on with his media duties.

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A tough day at the office for Red Bull

The Milton-Keynes-based outfit were looking for redemption in Hungary following the events of Silverstone. They were hoping to bag some points from the Hungaroring to maintain their lead in the constructor’s championship.

However, carnage ensued in turn one itself, as Valtteri Bottas locked up hitting the McLaren of Lando Norris which took Max Verstappen. But, it was just done yet. As Bottas had no control over his car he hit the second Red Bull of Sergio Perez.

The Mexican was out of the race, while his Dutch teammate had sustained severe damage to his RB16B and cross the line in tenth place, but inherited a ninth-place finish, as Sebastian Vettel was disqualified.

Formula One F1 – Hungarian Grand Prix – Hungaroring, Budapest, Hungary – August 1, 2021 McLaren’s Lando Norris collides with Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas and Red Bull’s Max Verstappen Pool via REUTERS/Peter Kohalmi

Horner said, “Unfortunately, the result for us is that [Bottas] eliminated both of our cars.”

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“I think unfortunately you saw Valtteri make a poor start, he obviously misjudged his braking and he’s done a great job for Mercedes in taking out both of our cars. A significant amount of damage, lost another engine with Sergio and then Max was hugely compromised,” he concluded.

Do you think the summer break will be enough to cool things down between Wolff and Horner? Or will see another round of the team bosses going at each other at Spa for the Belgium Grand Prix?

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Arpit Gomes

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Arpit Gomes is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing his Journalism degree from Xavier’s Institute, he is a big fan of McLaren and their driver Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo. Arpit always looks forward to the paddock moving to Spa and drivers dealing with the exciting Eau Rouge corner as well the straight at Monza.

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