Mercedes boss Toto Wolff takes a shot at Max Verstappen, Christian Horner and Helmut Marko by insisting he would ‘rather do it ALONE’ in Formula One than ever have to work alongside one of the famed Red Bull trio
- Animosity between Mercedes and Red Bull intensified significantly last season
- Mercedes boss Toto Wolff was asked to pick one Red Bull member to work with
- During the Bild interview he scoffed and said that he would ‘rather work alone’
- The taunt will only fuel animosity heading into the second race of the season
- Wolff’s fractious relationship with Christian Horner dominated Netflix series
Toto Wolff has taunted Red Bull by claiming he would rather ‘do it alone’ than ever have to work with rivals Max Verstappen, Christian Horner or Helmut Marko.
Mercedes boss Wolff saw his relationship with rival team Red Bull become increasingly fraught and personal amid a bitter fight for the title last season.
Wolff and Horner regularly went back at the other with fierce remarks and Wolff has now taken a shot at Red Bull’s big three by dismissing the idea of ever working with them in Formula One.
Asked by German newspaper Bild as part of a Q&A who he could envision working with, Wolff did not mince his words.
‘Who would you rather have from Red Bull in your team: Verstappen as driver, team boss Christian Horner or head of motorsport Dr. Helmut Marko?’ the question read.
‘I’d rather do it alone,’ Wolff fired back.
Toto Wolff would rather ‘do it alone’ than ever have to work with his Red Bull rivals in Formula 1
Wolff’s taunting remark was aimed at Christian Horner (left) and driver Max Verstappen (right)
Much of season four of ‘Drive to Survive’, the hit series on Netflix trailing the ups and downs of an F1 season, centred on the animosity between Wolff and Horner, as well as more generally with Mercedes and Red Bull.
On the Netflix series Horner diminished the success achieved by Wolff in what was a put-down that will have irritated.
‘What you have to remember about Toto is he has inherited something that is already well-oiled,’ Horner said, having also accused his biggest rival of being ‘financially’ motivated.
‘He has not had to build anything. He operates the team in a much different way to me.’
Horner went on to label Wolff as a ‘tax exile’ in a recent interview with Sportsmail and all eyes are locked on the two garages as to whether there will be a similar theme of bitterness towards the opposition in 2022.
Helmut Marko has savaged Mercedes in the past and Wolff has no interest in working together
‘My relationship with Toto is… you know, it’s professional,’ Horner told Sportsmail.
‘He’s not the kind of guy I’m going to go and have dinner with or spend private time with, but I have a respect for what he’s done and what he’s achieved.
‘Of course, as far as I’m concerned, 2021 is done and dusted. It’s now all about 2022. Will he be the main opponent this year? I have no idea.
‘Do I like him? I have no personal issue with Toto. He’s the kind of guy that bites quite easy, so it’s always fun to wind him up a bit. But he’s not a bad guy, that’s for sure.’
Wolff went on to add in his Bild Q&A that his relationship with Horner remains ‘crunchy’ but added that his rival’s statements ‘no longer trigger any emotions’ in him.
Horner revealed Mercedes chief Wolff ‘bites quite easily’ and says it is fun to wind him up
Both Wolff and Horner may be better served parking their feud and focusing on the task at hand having both had below-par starts to the season in Bahrain.
Red Bull had a disastrous time in Sakhir, seeing both drivers forced to retire their cars late on, leaving them with no points in the constructors’ championship.
Meanwhile, Mercedes managed to finish third and fourth in what was a generous conclusion given they looked comfortably off the pace of Ferrari, who came first and second, and the two Red Bulls, prior to their retirement.
Ferrari’s first one-two since 2019 has put the grid on notice and both Wolff and Horner know that the Prancing Horse will pose a significant threat to their title aspirations this season.
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