The Light-Hearted Exchange Between Toto Wolff & Christian Horner After Abu Dhabi F1 Controversy

Published 12/16/2021, 8:54 AM EST
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 boss Christian Horner recently confirmed that his Mercedes counterpart Toto Wolff congratulated him on winning the drivers’ championship. Notably, this was the first title of Red Bull since 2013. Max Verstappen won an exciting season finale amidst the last-lap controversy following the safety car.

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The Milton Keynes team was successful in derailing the dominant run of Mercedes post-2014. With this, the Dutchman has rightfully earned prestige and bragging rights for the times ahead. On the other hand, the Silver Arrows won their 8th consecutive constructors’ championship, finishing significantly ahead of Red Bull.

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 shake hands 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

Christian Horner reveals conversation with Wolff

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The intense season saw the two bosses clash on several occasions. Toto Wolff said in a podcast that they will only show respect to each other once the championship is won, either side. Now that the season is finished for good, the heat has settled down a bit.

In a recent interaction with Associated Press journalist Jenna Fryer, Horner revealed the conversation he had with the Austrian boss. As per the tweet, “Christian Horner says he received a congratulatory text from Toto and he, in turn, congratulated him on constructors title “and reminded him that’s where the money is.”

Notably, there is a stark difference between prize money distributed to the constructors’ champion and the runners-up team. Horner jokingly mentioned this to Wolff in their interaction.

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Wolff took the high road with Red Bull

After much anticipation, the Mercedes team finally decided to withdraw the appeal against Red Bull. A lot has happened over the last four days. Initially, the Brackley team decided to challenge Verstappen’s win, but the Stewards rejected the protests. They were planning to appeal against it. However, according to the latest reports, they are no longer going to pursue this any further.

Notably, Mercedes’ boss sent his wishes to the Red Bull prodigy after his maiden F1 title. “Toto sent me a text, congratulations on the season and that I deserved to win it, so that was very nice of him of course,” said Verstappen as reported by ESPN.

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In the end, the two teams made peace with the outcome of the Abu Dhabi GP. They are looking forward to reviving the on-track rivalry in the upcoming 2022 F1 season with new regulations and hopefully more intense racing.

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Rituraj Tripathi

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Rituraj Tripathi is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. A true lover of speed, he is big fan of Lewis Hamilton and finds a future world champion in Lando Norris. Rituraj eagerly looks forward to the paddock moving to the Circuit de Monaco, and he finds Portier corner as the most exciting part of the track.

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