Tensions between Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff and Red Bull team principal Christian Horner have recently reached new heights. Nico Rosberg spoke his mind on the topic, stating that Wolff is playing a much smarter game than his counterpart.
Max Verstappen and teammate Sergio Perez recently experienced some frustrating experiences, being twice deprived of precious points while being in a fierce championship battle against Mercedes. Ironically, the Austrian team was penalized twice in a row by their German opponents, following clashes with Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas.
Both Verstappen and Hamilton confirmed that they will continue to fight each other with vigor but want to keep the battle respectful and avoid any unnecessary incidents. The Dutchman ended the debates surrounding his Silverstone collision with Hamilton by packing up a journalist who had asked him one question too many.
However, although the tensions between Hamilton and Verstappen have relaxed, the off-track battle between Christian Horner and Toto Wolff is reaching new heights with both men trying to destabilize their counterparts as soon as they have the opportunity to do so. Former Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg revealed his opinion on the battle, pointing out Wolff’s outstanding management.
“Management is crucial and Toto has been managing it very well,” Rosberg told SkySports.
“He’s super-smart as well with playing the media game and also internally, really revving everyone up to try and beat them together.
“He is really making Red Bull look like more and more the bad guys now with [them] trying to protest and all these things.”
The German, on the other hand, thinks Horner has done less good work at trying to settle off his rivals. Rosberg even thinks that the Briton has put Verstappen on the edge, leading him to his recent press conference outburst.
“I would say [Horner is] maybe not quite as smart and good in the last couple of days.
“It was not ideal and has maybe also pushed Max to have that outburst [after qualifying in Hungary] in the media. So Christian not ideal, Max not ideal and it puts you on the back foot.
“Then you don’t qualify very well, Max’s car did have more pace than that, so it all comes together and I would definitely say advantage Hamilton and Mercedes at the moment in a big way.”