Toto Wolff, the CEO of Mercedes, has expressed contrition for his response to Red Bull rival Christian Horner, whom he described as “rude.”
Toto Wolff, the boss of Mercedes, says he regrets getting into a verbal spat with Christian Horner.
After Christian Horner’s “rude” comments in Baku, Mercedes chief Toto Wolff says he regrets getting into a verbal spat with him after the Azerbaijan Grand Prix. After Red Bull extended their lead in the standings by 37 points with Max Verstappen’s victory in France, tensions between the two teams have resurfaced.
Verstappen stormed by Lewis Hamilton on the penultimate lap to seal victory in Paul Ricard and extend his lead in the driver standings to 12 points, marking the first time Red Bull has won three races in a row since 2013, prior to the turbo-hybrid era.
But the feud has spilled over to Hamilton and Verstappen’s employers, with Wolff and Horner sparring on race weekends.
Horner claimed that the Austrian ‘kept his lips shut’ over the legality of Red Bull’s rear ‘flexi-wing,’ to which Wolff responded that Horner was a ‘windbag’ who should be more humble ahead of a long season.
After a tumultuous few weekends for the seven-time winners, Horner retaliated, claiming Wolff shouldn’t be publicly “roasting his team.”
Tensions between the two were so high that Hamilton recommended the two put on their boxing gloves and settle their differences in a boxing ring.
However, Wolff seems to have changed his mind regarding his previous remarks to Horner while speaking at the French Grand Prix.
In an interview with Channel 4’s David Coulthard, Wolff said, “Last week, I shouldn’t have even reacted.”
“He was unpleasant, and I responded in kind, but in the end, I don’t care and don’t pay attention.
“We’re not all Hollywood actors, to be sure. I just want to focus on the team and myself, and do the best job I can in my position.”
Mercedes has been pushed to their limits this season, the first true challenge since the turbo-hybrid era began.
And Wolff acknowledged that this is a unique task for the club, which has won seven championships in a row.
Wolff claimed, “30 percent of our population has never lost a World Championship.”
“That’s fine in some ways, but this year’s task is totally different when you feel you’re not quite fast enough. “Brinkwire Summary News” is all we are.