“Relish That Opportunity”- Aston Martin F1 Boss on Emulating Horner-Wolff ‘Banter’

Published 08/16/2021, 1:26 PM EDT
Formula One F1 – Emilia Romagna Grand Prix – Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari, Imola, Italy – April 16, 2021 Aston Martin team principal and chief executive officer Otmar Szafnauer during the press conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS


Mercedes and Red Bull are in a fight with one another in a bid to finish this season on top. Both heavyweights have shown no signs of slowing down and are attacking each other at every opportunity. Team bosses of both teams have made serious comments about each other in a bid to gain an edge. Now, Aston Martin team principal Otmar Szafnauer has mentioned that he would like to join the banter between Toto Wolff and Christian Horner.

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If I had to have that banter, I relish that opportunity: Otmar Szafnauer

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As reported by GPfans, the Aston Martin team boss hopes that he would join Wolff and Horner in their banter. But he knows that currently, he is not at their level.

“I wish we could be up there and if I had to have that banter, I relish that opportunity,” said Szafnauer.

Formula One F1 – Spanish Grand Prix – Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain – May 7, 2021, Otmar Szafnauer, Team Principal and Chief Executive Officer of Aston Martin F1 Team talks in the Team Principals Press Conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS – THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVES

He mentioned that the banter between Red Bull and Mercedes team bosses is entertaining for fans. “I think from a fan’s perspective, because I speak to fans often, they find the intrigue in not knowing who’s going to win the championship ultimately, not knowing week to week who’s going to win the battle, they find that entertaining,” said Otmar.

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Aston Martin team principal considers himself a purist of the sport

Szafnauer stated that the rivalry between Red Bull and Mercedes is crucial for the sport, as this makes the sport more engaging and entertaining for the fans. But he considers F1 battles as boxing matches rather than simply entertainment.

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“When I talk to fans because they ask me my opinion often and I ask them, yes, they tend to find it entertaining.”

Formula One F1 – Hungarian Grand Prix – Hungaroring, Budapest, Hungary – August 1, 2021, Aston Martin’s Sebastian Vettel in action REUTERS/Florián Goga

“I’m more of a purist. I like to think that we’re more boxing, but whatever, that’s me. Although I’m also a fan, I’m more of a professional within the sport than a fan,” Otmar concluded.

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Aston Martin are currently fighting for P5 in the constructors’ title. The 2021 changes have hampered them massively as they finished P4 in the 2020 season.

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Devang Chauhan

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Devang Chauhan is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Having completed his graduation in Journalism and Mass Communication, he has a keen eye for writing engaging and detailed articles on F1. Previously a writer for Sport Social's 'Chase Your Sport' Magazine, Devang has been a ardent follower of the sport for over a decade and has attended two editions of the Indian Grand Prix.

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