Shots Fired! Red Bull Boss Makes Serious Toto Wolff Claims as 2022 F1 Crossfire Begins

Published 03/14/2022, 5:29 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Mexico City Grand Prix – Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez, Mexico City, Mexico – November 5, 2021 Red Bull team principal Christian Horner during the press conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS – THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVES

Red Bull Team Principal Christian Horner took a sly dig at rival Toto Wolff. We know that both these men are not new to making controversial comments about each other, the 2021 season being a testament to it. Now, ahead of the new season, Horner has already dropped some juicy comments about Toto. Was this a teaser? Because Formula One fans would love to see this carry on.

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Christian Horner claims he and Toto Wolff are different

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Despite claiming that they mutually respect each other, we have seen them getting into verbal spats on several occasions. Last season saw both of them fighting tooth and nail in an epic showdown between Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen.

While both claimed to have left the past behind, Horner already seems to be back at it. He recently explained a few differences between him and the Silver Arrows’ boss, and feels that Toto “is very driven by what the balance sheet says”. While his personal work approach is very natural and diary-dependent, Toto’s is a lot different.

Horner claims he is a racer at heart

Christian’s leading has been commendable last season, which saw Verstappen winning the title. As Red Bull looked solid in the testing also, they are surely to be feared again.

During an interview, Horner claimed,If I’m not at the race track, I’m in the factory. I’m not living as a tax exile in Monaco, running a team remotely. I am hands-on. My diary is full from the moment I arrive to the moment I leave, dealing with issues within the team. I have very much an open-door policy.”

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The Briton added, “I grew up in the sport. I was a race driver that turned my hand to running a team. I’m a racer at heart.”

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

Horner also added that he feels Toto is a very result-oriented person and has no idea if he shares a similar racing passion. However, the Red Bull boss felt the need to clarify that he has no ill feelings towards the Austrian. Moreover, he does not feel that Toto is a bad guy. While calling his relationship with Toto “professional”, Horner states that he’s respectful of Wolff’s work.

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The pre-season testing has seen no drastic comments from either party yet. Red Bull has even, in fact, backed the legality of the new Mercedes W13. However, this silence might not last any longer. Guess we’ll have to wait till March 18-20,2022.

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Khyati Yadav

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Khyati Yadav is an F1 writer at EssentiallySports. She is a Hospitality Graduate and a huge fan of Lando Norris. She believes that F1 as a sport deserves a lot more attention and is intrigued by the process that goes behind the making of a car and the hard work that goes into the setting up of any Grand Prix.

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