Red Bull's Christian Horner has continued his war of words with Mercedes' Toto Wolff ahead of the 2022 F1 season. He brought up Wolff’s tax status
Red Bull’s Christian Horner has continued his war of words with Mercedes’ Toto Wolff ahead of the 2022 F1 season. He brought up Wolff’s tax status as he described his approach to Red Bull compared to his Mercedes counterpart. Speaking to the Daily Mail about his approach compared to Wolff, Horner said: “We are very different. “If I’m not at the race track, I’m in the factory. I’m not living as a tax exile in Monaco, running a team remotely. I am hands-on. My diary is full from the moment I arrive to the moment I leave, dealing with issues within the team. I have very much an open-door policy.
“I grew up in the sport. I was a race driver that turned my hand to running a team. I’m a racer at heart.
“Toto has come from a very different background. He has a financial background and is very driven by what the balance sheet says. Results dictate that performance.
“Does he share the same passion as a racer? I have no idea. Will he be here in 10 years’ time or will he have cashed in and be on his superyacht? I have no idea.”
Their rivalry captivated viewers last season, but Labour peer and vice-chairman of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Formula 1, Lord Peter Hain, tells Express.co.uk that Red Bulls’ Horner went too far on one occasion.
Lord Hain criticised Horner for accusing Lewis Hamilton of endangering Max Verstappen’s life in the 180mph collision.
After that race in July, Horner said: “He knew had Max come through that corner, he might not have seen him again for the afternoon.
“For me, it was a desperate move that thankfully didn’t have worse consequences than a written-off car and a bruised and battered driver.”
He added: “That move was never on. Lewis is a world champion of seven titles. That was an amateur’s mistake and a desperate mistake.
“I don’t care what Lewis said. Have a look at your own analysis, draw your own comparisons. For me, that’s a hollow victory.”
Speaking to Express.co.uk this week, Lord Hain reflected on Horner and Wolff’s rivalry, saying: “I used to have a lot of respect for Christian, who is obviously a top Formula 1 leader.
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“I will always race hard but always fairly. My team showed grit and perseverance out there. It’s a dream to win in front of my home crowd.”
He also dismissed Horner’s criticism, saying: “I don’t really have anything to say to Christian. The win doesn’t feel hollow.
“I don’t think I am in a position to have to apologise for anything. We are out there racing.
“I don’t agree with the stewards but I take my penalty on the chin and get on with my job. I am not going to whine about it.”