Christian Horner, the CEO of Red Bull, takes a shot at Mercedes rivals Toto Wolff and Lewis Hamilton.
The Red Bull CEO has dismissed claims that his squad broke the rules during their recent victory streak.
Christian Horner, the Red Bull team principal, has retaliated against Mercedes boss Toto Wolff over allegations of rule-breaking at the French Grand Prix. Following Red Bull’s third consecutive victory, Horner has refuted claims that the team has broken different regulations in recent weeks.
By winning the French Grand Prix on Sunday, Max Verstappen extended his lead over Mercedes opponent Lewis Hamilton in the Drivers’ Championship to 12 points.
Verstappen fought back to win his third race of the season at Le Castellet after making a mistake on the opening corner handed Hamilton the lead.
The victory was Red Bull’s third in a row, following Sergio Perez’s in Azerbaijan and Verstappen’s in Monaco, and takes the team three points ahead of Mercedes in the Constructors’ Championship, for the first time since 2013.
Red Bull’s performance has piqued the interest of its competitors, who have openly questioned their rear wing flexibility and tyre pressures.
Horner has refuted the claims, arguing that Verstappen’s victory was totally legal and based on driver skill, team strategy, and superior engineering.
“I think it just demonstrates that, you know, there have been a lot of claims made in the previous few weeks, but we’ve followed the rules,” he said.
“And I think the way we’ve reacted again demonstrates the strength and depth of our performance, which isn’t dependent on rear wing flexibility.
“[At] all times, we’ve always followed Pirelli’s prescriptions. The rise in tyre pressure this weekend, of course, was a challenge for all of the teams.
“However, the engineering team has done an excellent job of optimizing the automobile to accommodate it.”
Although Mercedes has not made an official complaint against Red Bull’s rear wing, Wolff’s comments were enough to draw the FIA’s attention and persuade the governing body to issue a technical instruction.
Horner responded by confirming that Red Bull has been filming Mercedes’ front wing.
“Again, there was a lot of footage over the weekend,” he added, “so we trust the FIA to regulate these things.”
“Of course, the rear wing cannot be treated in isolation.
“You have to look at both the front and back wings, and what applies to the back should apply to the front.”Brinkwire Summary News”.