Red Bull’s CEO “won’t kiss Mercedes’ a***” because there is “no relationship.”
Christian Horner, the Red Bull team principal, shared some interesting details about his relationship with Toto Wolff and Mercedes ahead of the first Qatar Grand Prix.
In this season’s Formula One world championship race, the gloves have been off for some time, and there was no love lost between Red Bull and Mercedes ahead of the inaugural Qatar Grand Prix weekend.
This has been one of the most exciting Formula One championship races in a long time, with the rivalry between Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen, as well as Mercedes and Red Bull, captivating the public’s attention.
Their acrimonious rivalry appears to be going down to the wire, with a lot riding on what happens in the Middle East this weekend.
Mercedes were already given a setback when their plea for a review of Verstappen’s performance in the Sao Paulo Grand Prix last week was denied, despite the fact that he appeared to push Hamilton off the track.
As team principals Christian Horner and Toto Wolff took their seats for Friday’s news conference, word arrived of the German manufacturer’s rejected appeal.
The decision created an unusual environment, and after Horner stated that his concerns about Hamilton’s car would prompt Red Bull to initiate their own protest, he went on to discuss the two teams’ relationship, or lack thereof.
“There is no connection,” Horner stated emphatically. “There is a rivalry. We’ve put in a lot of effort to get to this point. This is the first time they’ve been confronted with a problem, so it’ll be interesting to see how they respond.
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“Relationships and respect are two distinct concepts. Everything Mercedes has done, everything Lewis Hamilton has done, is respected. But I don’t have to eat with Toto for supper. I’m not going to kiss his a**. There are a couple of additional team captains who might be interested.
“Will I be spending the holidays with Toto?” “I doubt it.” “Unless you’re in the pantomime this year,” Horner said, referring to the Austrian he had previously referred to as a pantomime dame. “I’m thinking about taking the kids.” Wolff reacted with a similar line: “Olympic boxing evolved into pro boxing, which evolved into MMA,” he added, aiming to depict the tight atmosphere of the paddock at the time.
“The stakes are simply too great.” Regardless of the personalities involved, you cannot expect to be invited to dinner with a competitor. The news is summarized by Brinkwire.