“Dont Need To Kiss His A*s” – Bad Blood Boils Between Red Bull and Mercedes F1 at Qatar GP

Published 11/19/2021, 11:25 AM EST
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


Toto Wolff and Christian Horner sitting side-by-side for 30 minutes? It was sure to get interesting. And it did! All eyes were on Friday’s press conference as the two nemeses faced the cameras together. The session shared by the Mercedes and Red Bull bosses did not disappoint as temperatures rose in the desert land of Qatar.

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To say the conversation was dramatic would be an understatement. After the tension-filled weekend in Brazil, the pressures of the championship reflected on both bosses. However, it was Christian Horner who brought some heavy machinery to the war. While sitting next to the Austrian, Horner said, “I don’t need to go to dinner with Toto. I don’t need to kiss his a*s. A few other team principles might.”

Formula One F1 – French Grand Prix – Circuit Paul Ricard, Le Castellet, France – June 20, 2021. Red Bull’s Max Verstappen and Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton in action at the end of the race REUTERS/Yves Herman.

A heavy statement on Horner’s part, Wolff doesn’t look to bring out the olive twig either. “You cannot expect that you’re going to dinner with your rival or with a rival team or your enemy in sporting competition, irrespective of personalities and the characters.”

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Wolff also went on to compare the championship battle to MMA. “What started as Olympic boxing went to pro boxing and is now MMA. Elbows are allowed now because the rules say so, and the gloves are off. Nothing else is to be expected.”

FIA rejects Mercedes’ right to review amidst Red Bull drama

The FIA releasing its statement regarding Mercedes’ right to review the Turn 4 incident in Brazil added to the tensions in the press conference room. In the middle of a Horner-Wolff conference? Surely everyone in the room broke a sweat.

After the stewards heard from representatives from both teams on Thursday, they made the final decision. Now, Verstappen is free from any retrospective penalties for the Brazilian GP.

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Wolff had a simple, yet disappointed reaction. “Completely expected.” Explaining that Mercedes didn’t expect an outcome, the boss explained, “We wanted to trigger discussion around it because it probably will be a theme. We didn’t think it would go any further.”

Horner gave his immediate reaction as well. Unsurprisingly, he believed it was the right decision. “Otherwise, it would have opened a Pandora’s box regarding a whole bunch of other incidents that happened in that race.”

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It is almost predictable for such crossfire to occur as the title fight funnels to three more rounds. Nonetheless, the focus should now be on the Qatar GP. A new track with no historical data to back on; it’s sure to get interesting. Further, with Red Bull setting the marker in FP1 and Mercedes claiming the top spot in FP2, anything is possible.

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Shreya Sanjeev

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Shreya Sanjeev is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Having attained a journalism degree from St Xavier's College, she finds comfort in the sound of her keyboard while typing and excitement in the sound of F1 cars speeding on a track. A street circuit and Daniel Ricciardo fan through and through, Shreya claims the 2018 Monaco GP to be one of her favorite races of all time.

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