Is Toto Wolff Taking an Indirect Dig at Red Bull F1 With ‘Secret Vans’ Remark?

Published 07/04/2021, 4:31 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


The title fight between Mercedes and Red Bull has not been this intense in a long time. And since the Milton-Keynes-based outfit has been developing their car by getting parts delivered to them in trucks in Austria, their chances of blazing past the Silver Arrows is further increasing.

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Continuing the verbal battle that has been on going between the two teams, Mercedes’ team boss, Toto Wolff, took a dig at their rivals yet again, talking about “secret vans” this time around.

Toto Wolff of Mercedes throws some light on Red Bull

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As quoted by Motorsport.Total, Toto, upon being asked about their upgrades, said, “You are quoting me incorrectly. I never said that we would not bring any more upgrades,” he emphasized. “I said we would stop development for 2021 to focus on 2022.

Formula One F1 – Bahrain Grand Prix – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – Mercedes’ Team Principal Toto Wolff during the press conference FIA/Handout via

But we’ll be finished soon. There are no secret vans that are transported anywhere,” Wolff concluded.

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The Silver Arrows have kept a close eye on title rivals

The Milton-Keynes-based squad currently lead the championship with 252 points under their belt while the squad from Brackley have 212. Wolff & Co know they need to bring their A-game to future Grand Prix weekends if they want to regain the lead in the title race.

However, they have a keen interest in their rivals and want to know what are they doing right. And in Spielberg, they have seemed to observers a key detail, as they saw trucks of Red Bull pulling to up to the track with new parts to further develop their car.

As reported by Auto Motor Und Sport, “Mercedes claims to have observed five Red Bull vans full of new parts arriving to the track”

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Formula One F1 – Austrian Grand Prix – Red Bull Ring, Spielberg, Styria, Austria – July 2, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton during practice REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger

However, the Silver Arrows have another problem at their hand this weekend; Mercedes are entirely absent from the front row for the Austrian Grand Prix. While Lewis Hamilton will start the Austrian Grand Prix in fourth place, teammate Valtteri Bottas will be behind him in fifth place.

Both Hamilton and Bottas know they need to step up and bring crucial points for their team, as there is an enormous gap between the championship and themselves that they need to bridge this season.

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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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