Rosberg Highlights Toto Wolff’s Media Game to Make Red Bull Look Bad

Published 08/05/2021, 8:43 AM EDT
SHANGHAI, CHINA – APRIL 10: Nico Rosberg of Germany and Mercedes GP speaks with Mercedes GP Executive Director Toto Wolff during practice for the Formula One Grand Prix of China at Shanghai International Circuit on April 10, 2015 in Shanghai, China. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)


For the past couple of weeks, Red Bull F1 seem like they’ve been in attack mode against Mercedes, but not on the track. With opening lap crashes having ruined their last two race weekends, the Austrian team have been relentlessly attacking the Silver Arrows with calls for penalties, negative remarks, and whatnot.

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However, former Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg believes this is working in the German team’s favor; he thinks this part of Toto Wolff’s media plan to make Red Bull look like the “bad guys.”

Rosberg thinks Wolff is making Red Bull look bad through their protests

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Red Bull’s complaints aren’t necessarily unjustified. While contact with Lewis Hamilton sent Max Verstappen into the barriers at the British GP, one mistake from Valtteri Bottas ruined the races of six drivers in Hungary, including both Red Bull drivers. Even though the Dutchman was able to drive to P10 with a banged-up car, Sergio Perex was forced to retire from the race.

However, Rosberg feels that constant protests by the Milton Keynes outfit aren’t helping their case.

Nico told SkySports, as quoted by PlanetF1, “Management is crucial and Toto has been managing it very well. He is really making Red Bull look like more and more the bad guys now with [them] trying to protest and all these things.

Formula One F1 – Portuguese Grand Prix – Algarve International Circuit – Portimao, Portugal – April 30, 2021 Mercedes GP Executive Director Toto Wolff talks in the Team Principals Press Conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS

He’s super-smart as well with playing the media game and also internally, really revving everyone up to try and beat them together,” Rosberg concluded.

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Toto Wolff apologies for the turn-one incident at the Hungaroring

Given that the lap 1 turn 1 incident in Hungary was started by Valtteri Bottas, the Silver Arrows were at the receiving end of a significant criticism from competitors and fans alike. So, Wolff apologized to his rivals, as that incident should have never happened.

The Austrian boss said, “I completely understand the feelings. All I can do is to take it on us. It was a small mistake being too late on the brakes and took out Lando and the two Red Bulls and it’s not how things should go. But in the rain, it can be quite tricky.

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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 mistake was unfortunate with big consequences. [Valtteri] got sandwiched by the two cars in front, lost all downforce and then it was already too late.”

Upon being asked whether he would seek out Horner to apologize directly, the Mercedes team boss replied, “No, I will do it in public like I’m doing it here with you, that I’m sorry for that.”

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With the summer break now on, the two constructors’ title contenders will be hoping to put the Budapest chapter behind them and focus on the upcoming race. Red Bull will be looking to bounce back, while the Brackley-based squad will hope to retain their title lead when they race at Spa for the Belgium GP.

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Arpit Gomes

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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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