Toto Wolff Offers Update on Lewis Hamilton’s Mindset After ‘Personal’ Attacks by Red Bull F1

Published 07/22/2021, 7:52 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – British Grand Prix – Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone, Britain – July 15, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton during a promotional photoshoot for the unveiling of the new 2022 F1 car REUTERS/Andrew Couldridge


Lewis Hamilton dominated headlines after his win at the British Grand Prix last weekend, but not for the right reasons. His opening lap crash with Max Verstappen unleashed a war of words between the two teams, with Red Bull taking jab after jab at the British driver.

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And while Hamilton is known to be a person who doesn’t let negative comments get to him, such a situation is bound to affect anyone.

Fortunately, though, Lewis is “pretty relaxed” about all of it, according to Mercedes team boss, Toto Wolff.

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What did Toto Wolff say?

The Raging Bulls were left with a bitter taste in their mouth, as not only they lost on points, but Verstappen had a massive crash in the opening laps. Hence, Horner was vocal about Hamilton calling the move on Max a “desperate move” and labeled him as a dirty driver.

MEXICO CITY, MEXICO – OCTOBER 27: Race winner Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP celebrates with Mercedes GP Executive Director Toto Wolff in parc ferme during the F1 Grand Prix of Mexico at Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez in Mexico City, Mexico. (Photo by Dan Istitene/Getty Images)

Speaking to Autosport, “I think he’s pretty relaxed about it, honestly. It is a very polarising story, and some of the comments that were made were very personal and probably inflamed the situation more. But overall, he’s good.”

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What did Horner say about the Mercedes driver?

It is no surprise that the Red Bull boss was furious with the Knight. Horner questioned his years of experience behind the wheel and said that a driver with such vast experience would never pull off such a dangerous move.

He said, “I think it was a desperate move. He failed to make the move in the first part of the lap, which he was obviously geared to do, and then it was just a desperate move sticking a wheel up the inside which you just don’t do.

Formula One F1 – Monaco Grand Prix – Circuit de Monaco, Monte Carlo, Monaco – May 20, 2021 Red Bull Racing Team Principal Christian Horner in the FIA Press Conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS – THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVES

“Copse is one of the fastest corners in the world. You don’t stick a wheel up the inside. That’s just dirty driving. It was completely out of order to stick a wheel up the inside there.” Horner concluded.

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The next time the two face-off will be at the Hungarian Grand Prix. While Horner & Co would be looking to bounce back, the Brackley-based team would aim for another win under their belt this season.

Who do you think will come out on top at the Hungaroring? Will be Verstappen or Hamilton? Let us know your predictions in the comments below.

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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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