In the midst of a fight between Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton, Christian Horner shouts out ‘twitchy’ Toto Wolff.
Since the Brazilian Grand Prix, Mercedes and Red Bull have been embroiled in a feud.
As issues from the Brazilian Grand Prix boil over into Qatar, Red Bull chief Christian Horner has launched jabs at his Mercedes colleague Toto Wolff. After the Silver Arrows’ appeal involving Max Verstappen’s lap-48 shenanigans in Sao Paulo was dismissed on Friday, Red Bull emerged victorious.
Despite the fact that Horner came out swinging on Friday, Mercedes emerged victorious from a rollercoaster weekend of racing in Brazil.
Hamilton won despite a five-place grid penalty, a post-race punishment, and a disqualification from Friday qualifying, with Valtteri Bottas taking the final podium spot behind Verstappen.
Despite the fact that things did not appear to be going their way, Mercedes built a lead in the Constructors’ standings, and Hamilton closed the distance on the Dutchman.
Wolff’s fury was palpable, especially when he screamed angrily at the camera following the Briton’s race-winning move in the final stages of the race.
As if that wasn’t enough, Wolff declared on the Hamilton team radio following his epic Saturday sprint performance, “F*** them all.”
Despite Red Bull’s recent losses, Horner definitely saw some advantages in Wolff’s recent initiatives in the rival garage.
“We want it dealt with on the track, not in the stewards’ room,” said the team. “In these last three races, we want a fair, clean competition,” Horner told Sky Sports.
“They [Mercedes] haven’t had this in seven years, which is why Toto is agitated, which is why he’s swearing at the camera and dropping a couple F-bombs.”
We’ve put a lot of pressure on them.”
The Red Bull CEO’s remarks came after a contentious press conference following Verstappen’s behaviour in Brazil on Friday.
He was observed running both his and Hamilton’s vehicles off the track on lap 48 of the race to prevent the seven-time world champion from overtaking.
Despite this, Hamilton took advantage of his remarkable straight-line speed advantage and made the decisive pass many laps later, a fact that has not gone ignored in the Red Bull pits.
Rear-wing scandals played a key role in Sao Paulo, and they could play a similar role in Qatar.
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