Wolff Swears Mercedes F1 Focus Upon Reflection of ‘Windbag’ Horner Comments

Published 08/18/2021, 10:40 AM EDT
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)


Tensions are high between Red Bull and Mercedes, to say the least. While their drivers, Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton, are pushing each other in the title race, their team bosses, Christian Horner and Toto Wolff, are having a fight of their own. After a seemingly fiery war of words between the two, Wolff has stated that he won’t be distracted by Horner & Co. anymore and will be focused on the title race instead.

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Toto Wolff isn’t going to be sidetracked by Christian Horner

Toto Wolff and Christian Horner had a verbal battle at Azerbaijan GP in Baku, where the former called the latter a ‘windbag’.

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Explaining those comments and insisting that he won’t be drawn into such a tussle in the future, Wolff told GP Fans“I got annoyed in Baku, and that is not something that’s normally happening to me. On reflection, I want to concentrate my focus on the team and on myself, rather than be distracted by noise.

“Whatever is said or written, it is just distracting. It has the potential to distract you, and I don’t want to be distracted. I just want to look, I just want to look inside,” the Austrian concluded.

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Toto Wolff will hope Mercedes keep their talking on the track

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With the summer break coming to an end, Wolff will be hoping that Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas will be able to outperform Red Bull at the Belgium Grand Prix. The Silver Arrows already have the lead in the championship but are hoping to extend it when they go racing at Spa at the end of August.

Formula One F1 – Austrian Grand Prix – Red Bull Ring, Spielberg, Styria, Austria – July 4, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton during the race REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger

Meanwhile, down at Red Bull, Horner will have his hopes on Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez to keep the Mercedes drivers at bay and reclaim the top spot in the constructors’ standings.

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Do you think Wolff and his drivers will beat the Raging Bulls? Or will Horner & Co regain their edge over the summer break? Let us know your predictions in the comments below.

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Arpit Gomes

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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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