With Mercedes-Red Bull F1 Battle Heating Up, Horner Takes a Subtle Jab at Wolff

Published 09/28/2021, 9:36 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


The Mercedes – Red Bull title fight isn’t restricted to the track anymore. The team bosses of the two rival teams have made sure that the fight is continued even off the track as a war of words. Red Bull team boss Christian Horner sat down with Channel 4 and had a conversation about the two teams fighting each other. He also took a very savage jab at Toto Wolff, adding even more fuel to the fire.

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Talking about Toto Wolff, Christian Horner said that this is the very first time that Toto has been challenged by some other team. According to Horner, Toto came into Mercedes and inherited a team that already had the drivers and the engine in place. And even though Toto has done a good job to keep that team at the top, he has never really faced any real competition.

Mercedes has established domination of the sport ever since the start of the hybrid era in 2014. And since then, this is the first season where some other team has managed to keep up with them till the very end. Still, Horner believes that there’s respect between the two teams, “This is the first time it’s a true scrap, it’s a true competition. And there is a respect, I think, between the teams, but I think we operate in very different ways.”

Christian Horner enjoys Toto getting excited and agitated

Horner also mentioned that his role in the team is quite different than Toto’s role in Mercedes.

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“I want to be very much on the front line, I sit on the pit wall with the strategists and the engineers. Toto will sit in the garage next to the press guy, so they’re different functions, they’re different roles. They’re different outlooks, but of course, the competition is fierce. I think that’s the key thing about this championship.”

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – MARCH 15: Mercedes GP Executive Director Toto Wolff looks on in the Team Principals Press Conference during practice for the F1 Grand Prix of Australia at Melbourne Grand Prix Circuit in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

The Red Bull boss took a jab at Toto at the very end and said. “We’re loving the competition and the more Toto gets wound up, the more fun it becomes.”

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It’s pretty clear that the gloves are off and the elbows are out, both on the track and off it. It’s only a matter of time before we get to know who among these two will have the bragging rights as the World Champion.

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Riddhi Mondal

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Riddhi Mondal is an F1 Author at EssentiallySports. Having previously worked as a student reporter at The Statesman, she is an ardent follower of all things F1. A nerd through and through, the complicated physics that goes into the cars is what drew Riddhi to the sport.

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