“Somewhat Ironic”: Red Bull F1 Boss Rubbishes Toto Wolff’s Recent Comments After Dominant Mercedes Show at Montreal

Published 06/20/2022, 2:55 AM EDT
SINGAPORE – SEPTEMBER 16: Mercedes GP Executive Director Toto Wolff and Red Bull Racing Team Principal Christian Horner in the Team Principals Press Conference during practice for the Formula One Grand Prix of Singapore at Marina Bay Street Circuit on September 16, 2016 in Singapore. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

The Canadian GP was a bag of mixed feelings for Red Bull Racing. The star man, Max Verstappen, got the pole and another win that puts him in command of the Drivers’ Championship. However, teammate Sergio Perez experienced a disappointing weekend with a crash in qualifying and retirement in the race. Despite leading the championship table, Red Bull is wary of the threat from other constructors.

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Red Bull currently sits atop the table with 304 points, 76 points ahead of the closest rival, Ferrari. However, Christian Horner is still concerned, and the Brit is treating every rival equally. This is exactly why Horner commented on Toto Wolff’s complaint toward the team bosses roadblocking the FIA reforms regarding porpoising.

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And after a powerful showing from Mercedes at the Canadian GP, Horner shared his thoughts about Wolff’s comments earlier, “He’s campaigning to change the rules. That’s somewhat ironic, because here Mercedes bounced much less and were quite fast. I think their concept is the problem, not the regulations,” said the Red Bull boss. (Translated by Google) 

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Ferrari and Mercedes, Red Bull’s closest rivals, have been struggling with porpoising throughout the season. The W13 has been worse off compared to F1-75, exactly why Mercedes wants intervention from the FIA. And after the Baku race, the FIA listened and intervened, but not all teams are agreeing with the involvement.

This act of defiance got labeled by Wolff earlier in an interview. And now Horner is hitting back at Wolff after a P3 and P4 with less bouncing of the car in Montreal. In the end, all teams want to keep things competitive and disrupt their rivals. This back and forth between Wolff and Horner could be continuing the rivalry from the previous season, which might develop again if Mercedes becomes more competitive.

Comments that made the Red Bull boss speak out against Toto Wolff

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After multiple complaints, especially after Baku, the FIA announced it will take action against porpoising. However, this decision wasn’t welcomed by all teams as some bosses wanted each team to solve their own problems.

Formula One F1 – Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – December 10, 2021 Mercedes Executive Director Toto Wolff and Red Bull Racing Team Principal Christian Horner talk in the team principals press conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS – THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVES

And this attitude toward the problem provoked Wolff to hit out at his colleagues. “This is a sport where you try to maintain a competitive advantage or win it, but this situation has gone too far,” said Toto Wolff. (Translated by Google)

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Every team will try to take away each other’s advantage until the end of the season. So, do you think Mercedes will be able to challenge the Red Bull and Ferrari for race wins in the coming races?

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Mahim Suhalka

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Mahim Suhalka is an F1 Author at EssentiallySports. This Sports Management post-graduate is an ardent supporter of the Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 team and their lead driver, Lewis Hamilton. The fact that Lewis dominated one of the most expensive sports in the world for all these years, despite his humble beginnings, has been a huge inspiration for Mahim and has made him a tenured fan of the competitive sport itself.

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