So much for a quiet off-season… Toto Wolff believes he’s been living inside Christian Horner’s head ‘rent-free’ in a new blow to his former F1 nemesis.
Mercedes v Red Bull has snowballed into one of the fiercest rivalries in Formula 1 history with main protagonists Wolff and Horner acting as catalysts in their respective roles as team bosses.
The incredible title fight of 2021 was littered with insults between Wolff and Horner as the F1 paddock often turned into a playground, with the duo also facing off again in 2022 even without Mercedes being on. title picture.
In 2022, it was Wolff who was one of the main critics and called for tough penalties after Red Bull was found guilty of breaching the budget cap.
And now, without even a wheel turning or an engine running, Wolff has landed the first punch on Horner ahead of the 2023 F1 season – a campaign that could see the Silvers Arrows trade blows with Red again Bull on a more regular basis. .
“I live in his head rent-free,” Toto Wolff said of Christian Horner in an interview with The Times. “The guy is obsessed.
“Every second I spend talking about Horner is a waste of my life.”
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Even though Horner and Red Bull are such an annoyance to Wolff, he still finds pleasure in being in Formula 1.
However, something else is far, far more important to him.
“I have great moments in F1,” he said.
“I love the team, I love the challenge. But what I really love is my family. I have three children aged 21, 18 and 5. Having the family together is what makes me gives the most pleasure.
And with my wife [Susie Wolff] I found the perfect partner. My wife can drive cars faster than me. But that’s the least of its attributes. We are total soul mates.
The focus should be on Lewis Hamilton, not Christian Horner
As for more pressing matters away from Horner, Wolff will be eager to tie down seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton to a new contract before the start of the new season.
Wolff and Hamilton have always made a concerted effort to use the offseason as a time to sit down and come to an agreement, to stop the inevitable questions that would follow them both through the year if the negotiations were to drag on.
Those talks have yet to begin, but both parties have made it clear that F1 2023 will not be where one of F1’s most successful partnerships ends.
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