Red Bull F1 Boss Horner Promises to Give Mercedes’ Wolff ‘a Few Grey Hairs’ This F1 Season

Published 06/20/2021, 11:43 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – French Grand Prix – Circuit Paul Ricard, Le Castellet, France – June 20, 2021 Red Bull’s Max Verstappen celebrates with team principle Christian Horner after winning the race Pool via REUTERS/Nicolas Tucat


It was yet another nail-biting end to the race at Le-Castellet, adding up to an already intense 2021 F1 season. The Max Verstappen – Lewis Hamilton rivalry has definitely brought interest towards the sport. However, the Red Bull F1 boss, Christian Horner, isn’t as excited as the viewers.

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The Briton reckoned that he is visibly aging with each passing weekend, all thanks to the wheel-to-wheel battles between the two title rivals.

What’s more, Horner also kick-started banter with his rival team boss. He affirmed that he would be glad to give Mercedes’ Toto Wolff a “few grey hairs” as well.

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What did Horner say?

Following Verstappen’s race win in France, Horner opened up that the on-track is taking tolls on both himself and his rival, Wolff.

I think I’m visibly ageing with each Grand Prix,” Horner said. “So, we’ll give Toto a few grey hairs by the end of the year as well.

Horner and Wolff are already in an intense ‘boss’ rivalry, having exchanged some spicy words since the weekend in Barcelona. It all started with the rear-wing bending row when Hamilton spotted the potential flexible rear wing on the Red Bull of Verstappen.

The heated exchange of words took a turn for the worst when Wolff branded the 47-year-old a ‘windbag’ at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix last weekend.

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While Barcelona witnessed Hamilton opt for a counter-strategy against Verstappen to win the race, it was payback time for Red Bull here in France.

The Milton Keynes outfit caught Mercedes napping and pushed for a 2-stop strategy against Hamilton’s one-stopper. And the outcome unsurprisingly favored Verstappen, who snatched the race lead from the Briton on the very last lap.

It wasn’t just Verstappen who was on fire, but his teammate, Sergio Perez, as well. The Mexican chose to do a longer first stint on the medium tires.

Formula One F1 – French Grand Prix – Circuit Paul Ricard, Le Castellet, France – June 20, 2021 Red Bull’s Max Verstappen celebrates after winning the race with third placed Red Bull’s Sergio Perez Pool via REUTERS/Nicolas Tucat

And with Mercedes opting not to pit either of their drivers, Perez had a massive tire advantage over Bottas, whose tires were almost dead with over 4 laps still in hand.

The Red Bull driver, subsequently, pulled off a stunning move to break into the Top-3 for the second race weekend in a row.

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Hence, with Red Bull shattering Mercedes at their most dominant circuit, how are the championship leaders going to fare over the upcoming double-header at their home, the Red Bull Ring?

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Rohit Kumar

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Rohit Kumar is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. He has been an ardent follower of the racing series since 2007, with his love for the sport coinciding with his love for Kimi Raikkonen. He is also an ardent follower of Sebastian Vettel and Aston Martin Racing.

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