Red Bull Not Falling for Toto Wolff’s ‘Shortsighted’ F1 Tactic in Title Fight

Published 04/26/2021, 7:35 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


This season came as a surprise to everyone when Ref Bull finally fielded a car that can challenge Mercedes for the championship. However, the latter’s team principal, Toto Wolff, has said, time and again, that the Austrian team have the upper handing the title fight this year. But his Red Bull counterpart, Christian Horner, believes that Wolff is only trying to play mind games, and he isn’t falling for it.

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The Milton-Keynes squad looked dominating over the opening weekend in Bahrain, courtesy of Max Verstappen. However, the Brackley-based team stole the win with an impressive drive by Hamilton.

Imola was the team’s redemption day, and they did exactly that, as Verstappen brought home the first win of the season for himself and his team.

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Red Bull boss believes Mercedes just trying to deflect attention

Speaking to Motorsport.com, Horner said, “Mercedes has been tagging us as the favourite, and Toto is obviously extremely keen to deflect attention, but it’s somewhat short sighted.

“Of course, it’s used to try to put expectation and to try to create pressure. Of course, Toto will inevitably try to identify Red Bull as the favourite in order to create a perception of having to chase and catch up.

Formula One F1 – Emilia Romagna Grand Prix – Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari, Imola, Italy – Red Bull’s Max Verstappen and Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton in action during the race REUTERS/Guglielmo Mangiapane

“When you look, they are seven time reigning world champions, they had one bad test. Their car was every bit quick as ours in the race in in Bahrain, and their tyre degradations looks very good,” Horner concluded.

Christian Horner only has praise for his Dutch driver

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Max Verstappen is undoubtedly one of the most talented drivers on the current F1 grid. He surprised everyone by taking the race lead and holding on to it till the end at Imola, despite starting from third place. Thus, Horner is extremely proud of Max for putting the team on the podium in Italy.

Speaking after the Emilia GP, he said, “Max got a mega start and then braved it out into the first turn, and thereafter controlled the race brilliantly. It’s always tough to lose a race like we did in Bahrain and it’s so marginal [with Mercedes].

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“And so to come here and get that victory, there’s only one point between the two drivers, a huge distance in this championship still to run,” he concluded.

The Austrian outfit currently sit in the constructors’ second place behind the Silver Arrows, as does Verstappen behind Hamilton. The next round takes us to Portugal, where they will hope to get on the top step of the standings.

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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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