“Is He Going to Pay the Bill?” – Horner Responds to Wolff’s Apology

Published 08/01/2021, 2:29 PM EDT
Formula One F1 – Monaco Grand Prix – Circuit de Monaco, Monte Carlo, Monaco – May 20, 2021 Red Bull Racing Team Principal Christian Horner in the FIA Press Conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS – THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVES


It is has been a fortnight to forget for the Red Bull Racing team. Their race at the British Grand Prix last week and then at the Hungarian GP today pretty much ended on the opening laps on both days. Red Bull team principal Christian Horner has stated that the past two races have proved costly for the team not just in terms of points but also money.

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At the Hungaroring this week, both Red Bull cars sustained damaged as a result of Valtteri Bottas‘ actions at turn one of the track. While Max managed to continue and finish 10th, Checo was out of the race immediately after the incident.

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Is he going to pay the bill? It’s racing: Christian Horner slams Toto Wolff

As reported by PlanetF1, Horner stated that as a result of the cost cap, the past two races have been costly for the team. He also mentioned that Perez would need an engine change after his crash.

Talking about Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff‘s apology to him for the crash, Horner said, “Is he going to pay the bill? It’s racing.

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 wasn’t driving the car, his driver was driving the car. I’m sure he didn’t tell them ‘crash into Red Bull’. I’m sure he wasn’t that sorry to see the result, but I’m sure he didn’t tell Valtteri to do that.

But the consequence for us is brutal and in a cost-cap environment that needs looking at by the FIA,” said Horner.

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Red Bull team principal analyzes the first half of the season

While Red Bull have had terrible outings these last two weeks, they were on a race-winning streak before Silverstone. Courtesy of Verstappen and Sergio Perez, they won five consecutive races – something they haven’t done since 2013.

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Thus, reflecting on the first half of the season, Horner said, “Look at the first half of this year. We’ve had six Grand Prix victories, the races we’ve lost were with a tire explosion, we were taken out at Silverstone and this race this weekend.

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

“There’s only a difference between a first and second [place] between the two guys. I think it will be epic, the second half of this year, and we’re not giving up anything,” said Christian.

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Well, luckily for the Milton Keynes outfit, Hungary was F1’s last race before the summer break, so they will have a long time to energize themselves and come out of this slump.

Do you think we’ll see another Red Bull winning streak after the break? Or have Hamilton and Co. well and truly returned as the top dogs of F1?

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Devang Chauhan

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Devang Chauhan is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Having completed his graduation in Journalism and Mass Communication, he has a keen eye for writing engaging and detailed articles on F1. Previously a writer for Sport Social's 'Chase Your Sport' Magazine, Devang has been a ardent follower of the sport for over a decade and has attended two editions of the Indian Grand Prix.

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