Toto Wolff Shouldn’t Publicly Criticize Mercedes: Red Bull Boss Horner

Published 06/08/2021, 11:25 AM EDT
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


Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff was very disappointed with his team after the Azerbaijan Grand Prix. The Silver Arrows failed to score a single point as both Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas failed to finish in the top ten. Christian Horner of Red Bull feels it’s wrong that Wolff throws his team under the bus.

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Wolff is upset that for the second time this season the team hasn’t been able to perform, and their rivals from Milton-Keynes are getting the advantage in the hunt for the title. Hence, the Austrian boss is so critical of his colleagues.

Horner feels that Wolff shouldn’t lambast Mercedes after a failure

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As quoted from Motorsport.com, Horner said, after the Grand Prix, “Toto has made quite a few comments this weekend. He never hesitates to criticize his team in front of everyone, and I disagree with that.”

(Translated from Turkish via Google.)

Formula One F1 – Monaco Grand Prix – Circuit de Monaco, Monte Carlo, Monaco – May 20, 2021 Red Bull Racing Team Principal Christian Horner in the FIA Press Conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS – THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVES

Horner was full of praise for his team as Sergio Perez came first but was disappointed at Max Verstappen couldn’t finish his race after having a fatal crash.

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What did Wolff say about the Silver Arrows?

Wolff was angry with his team for not winning as they have gotten so used to it week in, week out. So it was no surprise that shared his disappointment with the team but wants them to be motivated and hungry for victory.

He said, “We didn’t have a competitive car in Monaco and here, period. We faced many problems. We’re not able to get the car into a range where the tires can run properly.”

Formula One F1 – Monaco Grand Prix – Circuit de Monaco, Monte Carlo, Monaco – Mercedes Executive Director Toto Wolff in the FIA Press Conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS

“We know our shortcomings and what we need to fix. But I know this team is pretty strong and pretty angry right now. We will use this anger positively and come back stronger.”

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(Quotes have been translated from Turkish via Google)

The Brackley-based squad will need to come back stronger for the next race if they want to chance to fight for the title with rivals Red Bull. The next race of the season takes us to France, where the Silver Arrows will be hoping to bounce back.

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Arpit Gomes is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing his Journalism degree from Xavier’s Institute, he is a big fan of McLaren and their driver Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo. Arpit always looks forward to the paddock moving to Spa and drivers dealing with the exciting Eau Rouge corner as well the straight at Monza.

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