Christian Horner details Toto Wolff rivalry after suggestion jabs have become personal


Christian Horner has denied any suggestion his rivalry with his Mercedes counterpart Toto Wolff has reached personal levels as tensions continue to rise between their two drivers. Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen are caught in a tug of war for the Drivers’ Championship this season, with the Dutchman currently leading the way by 19 points heading to Brazil this weekend, with just four races remaining.

But another battle that has captivated this season has been between Red Bull boss Horner and Wolff, who have spent much of the season in a sparring match.

This season we’ve seen Wolff label Horner as “a bit of a windbag who wants to be on camera” and a “Hollywood actor” as the war of words regarding flexi-wings escalated between the pair in Azerbaijan.

The comments came after Horner warned Wolff to “keep his mouth shut” and “be careful what you wish for” after hinting Red Bull could decide to protest Mercedes’ front wings.

And most recently Horner was left fuming at the British Grand Prix after Hamilton collided with Verstappen on the opening lap of the race, however, reactions were rather muted when the pair tangled again at the Italian Grand Prix.

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Despite Horner admitting he does enjoy winding Wolff up – comments the Austrian said he found “worrying” – when questioned if it was now becoming personal, the Briton replied: “No, not really. It’s about what happens on track.

“It’s a competitive business, it’s competitive on and off track, and there’s an awful lot going on off-track as well as on it, so that only raises tensions.

“It’s all part of the jousting isn’t it, part of Formula 1.”

Red Bull’s headquarters are in Austria, Wolff’s home country, but when pushed again if there was any extra personal rivalry from that perspective, Horner added: “Not at all, there’s nothing personal or exclusive to it, that’s for certain.”

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The rivalry on and off-track this season has made it one of the most memorable battles for a long while in Formula One.

And with the added popularity from Netflix’s Drive to Survive, Wolff admitted his battle with Horner does add another dimension to the season.

“The rivalry between the teams and the individuals is good for the narrative of the sport and obviously, everybody wants to see that rising to the pinnacle of that rivalry and racing each other,” said Wolff.



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