Horner & Wolff Act Like ‘8-Year-Olds’, Former F1 Driver Slams Mercedes & Red Bull Bosses

Published 11/30/2021, 10:01 AM EST
SINGAPORE – SEPTEMBER 16: Mercedes GP Executive Director Toto Wolff and Red Bull Racing Team Principal Christian Horner in the Team Principals Press Conference during practice for the Formula One Grand Prix of Singapore at Marina Bay Street Circuit on September 16, 2016 in Singapore. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

It is now pretty much guaranteed that this championship will go down to the very last race. The rivalry has been intense on the track and it has been reciprocated off-track as well. Mercedes and Red bull are not letting even a nickel slide away in this high-voltage battle. Christian Horner and Toto Wolff have been up on their toes this whole season criticizing each other. Now, former British F1 driver Johnny Herbert has come forward with his opinion on this undignified verbal banter.

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He is critical of the approach the two bosses are taking and finds it childish. Granted, this is an all-out battle and healthy banters are expected. However, the constant back and forth, appeals, and clarifications are not the way the two bosses should operate.

Johnny Herbert labels them as ‘8-year-old kids arguing in the schoolyard’

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The 57-year old has been part of 160 Grand Prix in his career expanding over ten years. Recently, Herbert was analyzing the championship for the Sunday Mirror where he discussed the two bosses and their approach this year. Herbert compared them to school kids who keep pointing fingers at one another.

DOHA, QATAR – NOVEMBER 19: Mercedes GP Executive Director Toto Wolff and Red Bull Racing Team Principal Christian Horner talk in the Team Principals Press Conference during practice ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Qatar at Losail International Circuit on November 19, 2021 in Doha, Qatar. (Photo by Dan Istitene/Getty Images)

I think many want to tell him ‘grow up’. They look like two 8-year-olds arguing in the schoolyard. One points to the other and says, ‘Look what he’s doing,” said the 3 time Grand Prix winner as reported by Mirror (quotes via Formulapassion)

“However, the technicians are not distracted by all this and are working to find that advantage that would be crucial for their respective drivers,” he added.

Way ahead for Mercedes and Red Bull

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As the championship is approaching its end, the intensity is expected to rise exponentially. The two teams are going for both, the drivers’ and constructors’ championships. While Red Bull is leading the former and Mercedes the latter, it will be nothing short of a cracker weekend in Jeddah.

ZANDVOORT, NETHERLANDS – SEPTEMBER 05: Race winner Max Verstappen of Netherlands and Red Bull Racing, second placed Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP and third placed Valtteri Bottas of Finland and Mercedes GP celebrate on the podium during the F1 Grand Prix of The Netherlands at Circuit Zandvoort on September 5, 2021 in Zandvoort, Netherlands. (Photo by Boris Streubel/Getty Images)

Silver Arrows boss Toto Wolff has made it clear that they are going to use what Red Bull and Marko called the “rocket engine” after Brazil GP. However, Helmut Marko is no longer afraid of that. He says “because you can no longer lower the spoiler, it will no longer bring an advantage of 0.4 seconds.”

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We are waiting for a dignified on-track battle instead of a demeaning verbal banter where it doesn’t count.

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Rituraj Tripathi

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Rituraj Tripathi is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. A true lover of speed, he is big fan of Lewis Hamilton and finds a future world champion in Lando Norris. Rituraj eagerly looks forward to the paddock moving to the Circuit de Monaco, and he finds Portier corner as the most exciting part of the track.

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