‘Windbag’ Horner Should Learn to Be More Modest: Toto Wolff

Published 06/06/2021, 4:14 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


With the competition between Mercedes and Red Bull, or Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen, rather, getting closer with each passing day, the rivalry between the two team bosses is also heating up quickly. The two have been taking jabs at each other in the media, and Mercedes’ Toto Wolff is the latest to deliver a punch.

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The two will face each other this weekend as their teams go head to head for the Azerbaijan Grand Prix. But who will come out on top Wolff’s Silver Arrow or Horner‘s Red Bull, we shall soon find out, as lights out is just hours away.

Toto Wolff of Mercedes feels Horner should show some modesty

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As quoted by PlanetF1, The Austrian said, “Christian is a bit of a windbag who wants to be on camera. It’s about being punchy  – it’s easy to be punchy when you’re on top of the timesheet, but he should be a little bit more modest I think.” 

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

Wolff made this comment after the Red Bull boss told him to be quiet, albeit in a different tone. Horner said, “So sometimes you have to be a little bit careful with what you wish for. I think if I was Toto, with the front wing he has got on his car I would keep my mouth shut.”

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How will the Silver Arrows face the Bulls in Baku?

The qualifying rounds were intense, but neither Red Bull nor Mercedes clinched pole. It instead went to Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc. However, the prime championship contenders are not far behind, with Hamilton finds in P2 just ahead of archrival, Verstappen.

Both teams and drivers will look to get the edge over the other as they battle it out for crucial points for the drivers’ and constructors’ championship this season.

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Formula One F1 – Azerbaijan Grand Prix – Baku City Circuit, Baku, Azerbaijan – June 5, 2021 Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas in action during qualifying REUTERS/Anton Vaganov

The Milton-Keynes lead the standings with 149 points with their rivals from Brackley just a point behind. Wolff & Co. would look to reclaim the lead and aim for win as they prepare to zip around the streets of Baku.

The only question remains who will see the checkered flag in first place – Mercedes or Red Bull? We just have to wait and find out.

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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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