Christian Horner Dodges Bond Villain Jab at Toto Wolff After His No Time to Die Premiere Appearance

Published 10/21/2021, 3:16 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


A few weeks ago, the world premiere of the James Bond film, No Time To Die, dropped. A number of celebrities and dignitaries attended the premiere, and among them was Red Bull team boss, Christian Horner. He and his wife were spotted on the red carpet in London.

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Over there, Horner was asked if he was reminded of his rival, Toto Wolff, whenever the Bond villain showed up. Rather than rise to the jibe, he opted to take the diplomatic route. He quipped, “It was good to see Formula One well represented that night.”

Clearly, the Red Bull team principal did not want to get embroiled in another war of words. This is referencing the massive rivalry between Mercedes and Red Bull. While Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen duelled on the track, the team bosses have hit out at each other on many occasions.

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Obviously, both team principals are trying their level best to get in each others’ heads, hoping to gain a psychological advantage over their rival. In the same interview, Horner spoke about the infamous Monza crash and the media backlash. Some claimed that Verstappen crashed into Hamilton on purpose, something that the Red Bull boss vehemently denied.

Formula One F1 – Portuguese Grand Prix – Algarve International Circuit – Portimao, Portugal – April 30, 2021 Red Bull Racing Team Principal Christian Horner talks in the Team Principals Press Conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS

Now, the drivers and teams will be focused on this weekend’s race at the Circuit of the Americas. With just six races left in the championship, the competition is heating up. Hamilton is gunning for a record-breaking eight F1 championships, while Verstappen wants his first title. Toto Wolff and Christian Horner are determined to let their respective wards mount a stern challenge.

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Unfortunately, races like Silverstone and Monza proved that sometimes they could take it too far. Hopefully, this weekend’s race at Austin, Texas, will be much cleaner and they will not try anything silly. The last thing that either of them need is a DNF or a non-points finish.

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Dhruv George

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Dhruv George is a senior Motorsports author for EssentiallySports, having authored nearly 12000 articles spanning different sports like F1, NASCAR, Tennis, NFL, and eSports. He graduated with a PG Diploma in Journalism from the Xavier Institute of Communications. Dhruv has also conducted interviews with F1 driver Pierre Gasly and Moto2 rider Tony Arbolino.

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