“Pressure applied by supplier”: Horner calls Mercedes involvement with McLaren ‘a shame’

McLaren chief Zak Brown released an open letter this week which ended up causing a major stir. Brown wants to have an anonymous ballot at the FIA commission after he faced external pressure to influence his vote.

Brown has claimed that he is under pressure from Mercedes who has been trying to control the votes on the future of the sport. This claim has, however, been denied by Toto Wolff.

This open letter led to a back-and-forth exchange between Wolff and Red Bull principal Christian Horner.

Horner was asked about his opinion on the matter, to which has expressed regret.

“It would be a shame to need to go behind a secret ballot – but a team has a right to request that. But if that’s what it needs to take independent votes, then we don’t have a major issue with it,” he said.

Horner also said Mercedes is responsible for the external pressure on McLaren.

“I can only assume it’s because of pressure applied from the supplier. If that is the case, it is a shame,” he concluded.

Toto Wolff, on the other hand, pinned the blame on Red Bull and Ferrari.

“You have seen in the past that Toro Rosso has voted like Red Bull, probably without any exceptions, and Haas has gone the Ferrari way. In our case, we have never tried to influence a team,” Wolff said.

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