Red Bull boss Christian Horner takes jab at Toto Wolff but refuses to rule out Mercedes

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CHRISTIAN HORNER has revived his intense rivalry with Mercedes boss Toto Wolff following their explosive 2021 relationship.

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Purple Bull boss Christian Horner fired one other shot at Mercedes chief and rival Toto Wolff by suggesting the Austrian is just not a ‘good man’. Nevertheless, Horner refused to rule out the Silver Arrows in relation to championship rivalry in 2022. 

In 2021, Horner and Wolff have been usually at each other’s throats because the Drivers’ Championship battle between Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton reached boiling level. Nevertheless, Mercedes have struggled to maintain tempo in 2022 – with Ferrari as a substitute taking the battle to Purple Bull.

Because of the enduring Italians returning to the fore, there have been no public shows of animosity between Horner and Wolff. The Purple Bull boss claimed the rivalry between himself and Ferrari workforce principal Mattia Binotto could be very completely different to his relationship with the Austrian.

“Properly, Mattia is a pleasant man. So I imply, it is only a completely different sort of competitors,” Horner mentioned.

“However you are writing Toto off. There’s loads of time for him to get himself again within the present. However, look, I feel we’re very a lot centered on ourselves. All 9 groups are our rivals.

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Red Bull boss Christian Horner takes jab at Toto Wolff but refuses to rule out Mercedes

Christian Horner and Toto Wolff have been embroiled in a bitter battle throughout the 2021 season (Picture: GETTY)

“And I feel final 12 months, there was a number of needle, there was so much happening off monitor, in addition to on monitor, whereas this season, this 12 months appears way more centered about what is going on on on monitor. And I feel the racing has been nice between Charles and Max.

“The primary races have been epic. And if that continues via the season, inevitably, it may boil over in some unspecified time in the future because it will get extra aggressive and the stakes get increased within the second half of the 12 months. 

“However actually, what we have seen to this point has been, very respectful racing, arduous racing, however honest racing. And as I mentioned, I feel you are going to see Mercedes becoming a member of that get together pretty quickly.”

The change in pressure between the championship rivals is evident as chief Charles Leclerc and world champion Max Verstappen is superb given they’ve recognized one another and raced as rivals for years. Horner revealed in Miami that the respect proven between the Monegasque and the Dutchman was notably admirable.

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Red Bull boss Christian Horner takes jab at Toto Wolff but refuses to rule out Mercedes

Max Verstappen and Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc get pleasure from a wholesome relationship as they battle in 2022 (Picture: GETTY)

“I feel it is so tight with Ferrari, it has been some nice racing, and you may see that there is a nice respect between Charles and Max,” Horner admitted.

“They’re having fun with racing one another, you’ll be able to see that, and I used to be fairly hoping we weren’t set for an additional aggressive 12 months like final 12 months. But it surely appears like this one might properly go all the best way as properly.”

The 22-race F1 2022 marketing campaign – which is anticipated to return to a report 23 races within the close to future as soon as a Russian Grand Prix alternative is discovered – continues with the Spanish Grand Prix in Barcelona on Might 22.


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