Toto Wolff has poked fun at Christian Horner for landing in trouble with the FIA by having a laugh at his expense.
It wasn’t Horner’s finest moment at the Qatar GP. His team’s driver took a grid penalty for his dubious actions during qualifying, when he failed to acknowledge double yellow flags being waved towards the end of Q3. The Red Bull Team Principal heard the news of the penalty and was raging afterwards.
In a scathing rant, he voiced his displeasure with the world watching, but then said something that left a bad taste in the mouths of the viewers and the authorities. He called the marshal waving the flag a “rogue” and accused him of sabotaging his team’s efforts.
He was later disciplined with a formal warning, something his Mercedes counterpart found very funny.
Wolff poked fun at Horner for landing in trouble with the FIA, but refused to comment any further.
“I think that there is a lot at stake and you always need to…in a way I don’t even want to comment on him because we are all responsible for what we say and what we do,” he said.
“(We all) have our own pressures and that is certainly very high. I haven’t even heard or read what he said, only that he was naughty.”
Landed in hot water
Horner received criticism from fans and from the authorities. He avoided punishment for his distasteful actions, but received a warning.
In his defence, he offered “to apologise to the marshal concerned and to explain to the media that he meant no offence”, and also “to participate in the 2022 FIA International Stewards Programme in early February”.
Although Wolff had a right laugh at his expense, Horner will have learned his lesson. Hopefully next time, he will think before he speaks.