Red Bull’s team principal Christian Horner has explained his reason for Toto Wolff’s frustration this F1 season.
Horner and Wolff have been locking horns at every possible opportunity, starting with Wolff’s response to Horner referring to the latter as ‘a windbag’. Horner, at the time, found that amusing. However, it seems as though he has bided his time till the right moment to say something. He addressed the earlier comment by Wolff, saying: “Coming from the chap who is in front of the camera more than anybody else, I thought that was quite amusing.
“I’m sure Toto will try to throw shade wherever he can. But sometimes, when you point the finger, there are three pointing back at you.”
He also elaborated on Wolff’s frustration caused by the close championship fight: “It’s a competitive business, and Toto’s a little bit of a control freak, as we can see.
“And the one thing he can’t control is Red Bull. I’m probably the only one to have no conflicts of interest with Toto. I can speak my mind and tell him what I think. He maybe finds that slightly uncomfortable.”
Despite this harsh exchange between the two, Horner diplomatically accepted slight inferiority to Wolff in the hybrid era. This is because Wolff and Mercedes have had the upper hand through the era.
“It’s a dynamic that Toto has probably never experienced before because when he joined the team, it was already established. It had signed Hamilton. By 2014, the engine was in place. The foundations were all there. This is the first time for many in that team that they have actually been in this position.”