Toto Wolff Keen for ‘Millimetre of Political Advantage’ in Tense Fight With Red Bull

Published 05/28/2021, 4:14 PM EDT
Formula One F1 – Monaco Grand Prix – Circuit de Monaco, Monte Carlo, Monaco – May 23, 2021 Red Bull’s Max Verstappen celebrates winning the race with his team Pool via REUTERS/Sebastien Nogier


When the 2021 season kicked off, everyone knew that the dogfight would be between Mercedes and Red Bull. Owing to this, Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff is salivating at the idea of a fierce Mercedes-Red Bull battle. According to him, the situation is such that it is “gloves off” between the two F1 teams.

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Without a doubt, the 2021 championship is getting spicy, as 1 point separates Mercedes from Red Bull. Meanwhile, Max Verstappen leads Lewis Hamilton by 4 points in the driver’s title race.

In addition to that, there is also the technical battle in the form of the row surrounding the infamous Red Bull flexi-wings.

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In the last seven years, Mercedes has swept both the drivers and constructors’ titles without much resistance. So the Silver Arrows are fairly glad that someone has finally stepped up to the plate.

In fact, Wolff even praised his Red Bull counterpart, Christian Horner, for helping his team during their own dominant run from 2010 to 13.

What did the Mercedes team principal say about Red Bull?

“Yes, we love the battle,” he said. “It’s just what the doctor ordered after the past seven years. The relationship is always respectful.

“I think the job that Christian has done is very good and he was the youngest Team Principal to have won a world championship; he’s done four in a row.

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“The team [Red Bull] has always been our strongest competitor, and for that reason we are fighting gloves off on the track for any millimetre of political advantage. But I have respect for the person.”

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

This weekend, the F1 fraternity pays a visit to the Baku City Circuit in Azerbaijan. The street circuit has served up plenty of drama in the past, and with the Red BullMercedes tussle intensifying, things should be interesting.

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Of course, both outfits will also have to keep a wary eye out for McLaren and Ferrari, who are in the middle of a resurgence. Both of those teams are also locked in a fierce championship battle, with two points separating them.

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