Christian Horner and Toto Wolff were involved in a verbal spat throughout the 2021 F1 season. Tensions between the team bosses are still evident in this campaign.
It appears that the relations between Christian Horner and Toto Wolff have not improved in 2022.
Red Bull boss Wolff was embroiled last season in a bitter feud with his Mercedes boss. Lewis Hamilton and Max Vertappen were fighting for the world title. Horner used a lot of snarky language to taunt the Austrian throughout the season. Verstappen in turn accused Horner of acting like he’d seen in ‘Hollywood.
The controversy surrounding the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix was a turning point for Hamilton, who needed to win it to secure an unprecedented eighth title. Before the late safety car deployment, Hamilton had a clear lead over Verstappen and seemed poised to do so.
Horner demanded that Michael Masi, FIA race director, change his instructions and safety car rules to allow for one more lap. The Dutchman was able to pass the Mercedes man in the final lap, and take the title.
Silver Arrows were outraged at the events and launched two separate protests. Both were dismissed. Wolff and Co. reluctantly abandoned that course of action four day later, despite serving notice of intent.
Netflix’s Drive to Survive series has further revealed the turbulent relationship between the two, though they have yet to publicly break-up in this campaign. Wolff’s attention will be on Wolff and his team, who are still far from the pace.
The Emilia Romagna Grand Prix picture was taken by team principals. However, it seems they aren’t the best of buddies. On Friday, nine F1 team CEO Stefano Domenicali and their team principals attended a dinner. Mike Krack from Aston Martin was the only one not present.
It was obvious that the two rivals could not be further apart. Wolff was up front, Horner at the far side, and Horner at the end.
Domenicali sat in the middle of the table so that there was at least one mediator. F1 fans saw the funny side and shared their amusement with the image on social media.
@landocherry wrote: “My favourite thing about this photo is Toto Wolff and Christian Horner sitting as far away as possible from each other,”@DSORacing also noted this.
“I think that Horner and Wolff should be more together at that dinner to make it more lively,”He wrote. “I see them very stiff.” @PaparazziF1 added: “Do you notice Horner and Wolff far away from each other? Lol.”
Horner will undoubtedly be the happier of both the pair going into Sunday’s Grand Prix. Verstappen, however, is on pole having won Saturday’s Sprint Race. Hamilton, however, will start in 14th place, while George Russell, his teammate, will be in 11th.