‘They Don’t Get It’ – Mercedes F1 Boss Wolff Hits Back at Red Bull’s Criticisms Over British GP Celebrations

Published 11/02/2021, 9:37 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Austrian Grand Prix – Red Bull Ring, Spielberg, Styria, Austria – July 4, 2021 McLaren team principal Toto Wolff before the race Pool via REUTERS/Christian Bruna


Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen are creeping their way back to good terms after an uneasy few weeks in 2021, citing the on-track incidents involving each other. Well, Mercedes and Red Bull aren’t ready as of yet and are still continuing to fire shots at each other, hoping for one to fall.

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But, all it has done is worsen their relationship on and off the track. The latest attack has arrived from Toto Wolff. The Austrian reversed his calendar back to the British GP in a bid to tackle a criticism Mercedes faced following the race victory.

Formula One F1 – British Grand Prix – Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone, Britain – July 18, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton celebrates after winning the race REUTERS/Andrew Couldridge

Red Bull F1 boss, Christian Horner, had lashed out at Mercedes for celebrating Hamilton’s race win without showing empathy towards Verstappen, who was then in the hospital after suffering the 51G impact crash. So, let’s hear it from Wolff; Does he think Mercedes should’ve avoided celebrating their victory?

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Absolutely not.

Could we have done it better? Muted celebrations? No. People always see things in black and white. I’m right, you’re wrong. They don’t get it,” he told Daily Mail.

Wolff reveals why Red Bull were unhappy with Mercedes

Wolff put forth the situation that was unfolding around Red Bull at Silverstone and consequently reckoned that Red Bull’s criticisms had nothing to do with their care for Verstappen, but many other factors.

Meanwhile, we finally won a race again, in Silverstone, with Lewis Hamilton, in front of a big British crowd, against the odds. So we were super-happy. We gained 25 points on our main rival,” he said.

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But from Red Bull’s perspective, they think they were in the right. They see their driver go into the wall and hear him on the radio, suffering — which we didn’t hear — with immense impact.

Formula One F1 – British Grand Prix – Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone, Britain – July 18, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton celebrates on the podium after winning the race alongside third place Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas REUTERS/Andrew Couldridge

You’ve lost 25 points, which is disastrous for your campaign and then your driver is in hospital not feeling great with a 50G impact, and then you see Mercedes celebrating exuberantly. So you think that’s not right,” Wolff concluded.

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Overall, Wolff is not giving up on the war of words against his ‘boss’ rival, Horner. And it is likely that we might hear a response from the Briton in the coming weeks. So, while we wait for Horner’s reply, what do you think of Mercedes’ celebrations at Silverstone? Do you think their actions were right?

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Rohit Kumar

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Rohit Kumar is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. He has been an ardent follower of the racing series since 2007, with his love for the sport coinciding with his love for Kimi Raikkonen. He is also an ardent follower of Sebastian Vettel and Aston Martin Racing.

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