Wolff Has a New Name for His Red Bull F1 Rival in Response to His Recent Mercedes Attacks

Published 09/19/2021, 1:52 PM 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


The three-time world champion Niki Lauda was an integral part of Mercedes until his death at the age of 70 in 2019. The Austrian had a huge contribution to what the Barkley-based team have achieved since the introduction of the turbo-hybrid era – seven consecutive constructors’ championships.

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Meanwhile, Helmut Marko takes a dig at Mercedes regarding Niki’s influence at the German team, after the Milton-Keynes-based team lured chief engineer and other top employees from Silver Arrows to work on their new Powertrains project.

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Under Lauda, ​​Mercedes would not have happened: Helmut Marko

As quoted by Austrian media outlet OE24, Red Bull advisor Helmut Marko said: “We are a cool team with passion in the foreground. Under Niki Lauda, ​​the Mercedes would not have happened. He was closer to his engine people.”

MONZA, ITALY: Mercedes GP non-executive chairman Niki Lauda talks with Mercedes GP Executive Director Toto Wolff in the Pitlane during qualifying for the Formula One Grand Prix of Italy at Autodromo di Monza in Monza, Italy. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

Replying to Marko’s statement, the Mercedes team principal, Toto Wolff, said, “Mr. Grumpy,” as he calls Helmut Marko, is our strongest weapon. Niki always said: Every attack from the outside strengthens our team.”

“When it comes to a World Cup in Formula 1, then you are not cuddling,” concluded Wolff. (Translated via Google Translate)

Red Bull Powertrain project is gathering pace every week: Christian Horner

After Honda announced that they will leave the sport next year, Red Bull was left without an engine supplier. However, the Milton Keynes outfit decided to take things into their own hands.

Red Bull, who have always been dependent for power units on other manufacturers, have now decided to manufacture their own power unit. Meanwhile, Red Bull team principal, Christian Horner, provides exciting updates about their engine project.

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“The Red Bull Powertrains project is gathering pace with every week. The construction is on target and it’s great to see the building really taking shape,” wrote Christian Horner in his column for the Red Bull website.

SOCHI, RUSSIA: Red Bull Racing Team Principal Christian Horner talks in a press conference during practice ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Russia at Sochi Autodrom in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Laurent Charniaux – Pool/Getty Images)

“It’s really starting to come together and the effort going into it is impressive. We’re attracting some great talent and we also have a strong youth policy to bring in some graduates and students into the program.”

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Pingaksh Sharma

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Pingaksh Sharma is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. He has been following this sport since India hosted the Grand Prix in 2012 and has been an ardent supporter of the eventual race winner, Sebastian Vettel. He is also a fan of Max Verstappen and Red Bull and hopes the former breaks the Lewis Hamilton dominance.

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