Toto Wolff, Mercedes’ CEO, responds to Red Bull’s Christian Horner, saying, “I find that alarming.”
Toto Wolff, the Mercedes manager, concedes that Christian Horner’s comments are “worrisome” ahead of the Turkish Grand Prix.
Toto Wolff finds it troubling that Christian Horner, his Red Bull teammate, claims to relish winding up the Mercedes boss in their pursuit for the World Championship championship.
While Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen have been slugging it out on the track, their respective CEOs have been having intense media exchanges.
As the war of words about flexi-wings grew between the two in Azerbaijan, Wolff referred to Horner as “a bit of a windbag who wants to be on television.”
Horner has previously advised Wolff to “keep his mouth shut” and “be careful what you wish for” after implying that Red Bull may protest Mercedes’ front wings.
Horner was enraged during the British Grand Prix after Hamilton collided with Verstappen on the first lap of the race; yet, when the two clashed again at the Italian Grand Prix, reactions were restrained.
Hamilton is now leading the tight struggle, but when it comes to the off-track interactions, Horner confesses that he and Wolff respect each other, but that they approach their responsibilities in completely different ways.
Over the Russian Grand Prix weekend, Horner told Channel 4’s Lee McKenzie, “Of course this is the first time Mercedes, and the first time Toto has been in a scenario where he has been challenged.”
“He’s been in a scenario where the drivers were already signed and the engine was already in place when he joined the team.
“He’s done a fantastic job keeping the team in contention, but he didn’t have much competition.” It’s the first time there’s been an actual scrap, a true competition.
“The teams have mutual respect, but we function in distinct ways.”
“I’d like to be on the front lines, sitting on the pit wall with the strategists and engineers, while Toto is in the garage with the press guy,” she says.
“There are diverse functions, jobs, and perspectives, yet the rivalry is fierce.” That is the most important aspect of this championship.
“We’re having a lot of fun with the competition, and the more Toto gets worked up about it, the more fun it gets.”
Wolff, on the other hand, believes the remarks should have been taken seriously but weren’t. “Brinkwire News Summary.”