Mercedes Team Principal Toto Wolff didn’t want to be distracted by Christian Horner after being called a ‘windbag’.
The rivalry between Mercedes and Red Bull has been nothing short of intense this season. Their drivers have done everything but go to war, and their bosses have gone one step further. Wolff and Horner have had heated verbal exchanges, and some of them have not been pretty. One of them has seen Horner call Wolff a ‘windbag’ at the Azerbaijan GP.
Wolff recalled the words exchanged, and promised that he won’t go that far again. Speaking to GP Fans, he revealed he didn’t want to be distracted.
“I got annoyed in Baku, and that is not something that’s normally happening to me,” Wolff said.
“On reflection, I want to concentrate my focus on the team and on myself, rather than be distracted by noise.
“Whatever is said or written, it is just distracting. It has the potential to distract you, and I don’t want to be distracted. I just want to look, I just want to look inside,” the Mercedes boss concluded.
The summer break is approaching its final days, and Wolff and Horner can prepare for the second act of war. Mercedes lead Red Bull in both championships, after a collapse from the latter over the last two races. At the Belgian GP, they will look to close the gap to the German team, and run them all the way till the end of the season.
Verstappen and Hamilton will be joined by Sergio Perez and Valtteri Bottas in the fight to the end. They will look to keep Mercedes at bay, and end their seven-year winning streak.
The second half of the season will be heated. Wolff may say otherwise, but conflicts will be inevitable if more controversy ensues.