Christian Horner accuse Lewis Hamilton and Toto Wolff’s of criticism: ‘Laughable’

Christian Horner accuse Lewis Hamilton and Toto Wolff's of criticism: 'Laughable'

 

CHRISTIAN HORNER accused Mercedes of trying to tarnish Max Verstappen ‘s reputation as they clashed over the title decider in Abu Dhabi last season.

Netflix’s series – Drive to Survive – returns today as the world of F1 prepares for yet another season of drama. Throughout the 2021 season, Red Bull and Mercedes’ close competition on track was accompanied by a war of words off it. Team bosses Christian Horner and Toto Wolff regularly clashed, whether it was about car design, race regulations or the exploits of Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton.

 

In the build-up to the season finale in Abu Dhabi, Horner accused his Mercedes rivals of trying to tarnish Verstappen’s reputation.

Prior to this, Verstappen and Hamilton had clashed in Saudi Arabia, with the Briton branding his Dutch rival “dangerous”.

On the comments, Horner said in December: “Of course it’s been a concerted campaign by Mercedes.

 

 

“It’s been part of a narrative to put as much pressure on the stewards to act differently from any other race.

 

 

Christian Horner accuse Lewis Hamilton and Toto Wolff's of criticism: 'Laughable'

“This is a campaign that’s been driven covertly to put the spotlight on Max, give him a tag-line, portray him as this mad, irresponsible driver, put as much pressure as you can on him, on the team, and ultimately on the governing body.

“We saw in Brazil, the comments about the penalties being laughable, or Lewis being persecuted. Mercedes have got one of the smartest media arms in the paddock and they use every tool they can.”

 

 

Christian Horner accuse Lewis Hamilton and Toto Wolff's of criticism: 'Laughable'

Verstappen and Hamilton had numerous incidents on track last season.

At Imola, the second race of the season, Verstappen forced Hamilton onto the curb at the first chicane on lap one, propelling himself into the lead.

At Monza, Verstappen and Hamilton went into turns one and two side by side. The Red Bull car bounced off the curb and into the air before landing on Hamilton’s Mercedes in a terrifying incident.

 

 

Christian Horner accuse Lewis Hamilton and Toto Wolff's of criticism: 'Laughable'

Hamilton said after the race: “I feel very, very fortunate today. Thank God for the halo.

“That ultimately saved me. And saved my neck. I don’t think I have ever been hit on the head by a car before and it is quite a shock for me.

“If you see the image, my head is quite far forward.

am so so grateful I am still here and feel incredibly blessed that someone was watching over me today.”

Red Bull’s Horner and Mercedes’ Wolff have reignited their war of words ahead of the 2022 season.

 

 

Auto Motor und Sport reported that Horner called the W13 sidepods “illegal” and that it violated the spirit of the regulations.

However, his team were quick to deny such comments and issued a short statement saying “Please note, Christian has not spoken with any media or made any comments about the Mercedes car.”

Wolf was left furious nonetheless, saying: “How does he know half an hour after he saw the car for the first time that our car is supposed to be illegal?”

 

 

Christian Horner accuse Lewis Hamilton and Toto Wolff's of criticism: 'Laughable'

The Red Bull boss said: “I was slightly surprised to be reading comments I’m supposed to have been making, but there we go,” Horner told Sky F1.

 

 

Christian Horner accuse Lewis Hamilton and Toto Wolff's of criticism: 'Laughable'

“I haven’t paid a great deal of attention to [the Mercedes]. It’s obviously a fairly different concept, but that’s for the designer guys and aerodynamicists to get into.”

“Let the guys digest it and understand it.”

 

 

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