Also off the track, stitches are handed out between the Mercedes and Red Bull teams during the F1 title battle. For example, Toto Wolff of Mercedes is targeting his colleague Christian Horner at Red Bull.
On the track there is a fierce battle for the world title between Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton, but their team bosses are also not indifferent when it comes to psychological games.
There has been a ping pong match between Wolff and Horner all season. During the race weekend in the United States, Horner noted that Wolff faces a different kind of pressure now that the battle for the world title is so close.
But that didn’t disconcert Toto Wolff and he replied to Horner in the British daily ‘Daily Mail.’
“What Christian says about me feeling pressure. No, not at all,” said Wolff.
“I feel like he’s one of the main protagonists in a pantomime, part of the Formula 1 cast. For me as a stakeholder and as a team owner, it’s great that he creates these kinds of stories.”
“But it’s irrelevant. People have a microphone in front of them or a camera pointed at them and they start acting like little actors, like Hollywood.”
Wolff also says that he does not want to get involved in a war of words with Horner. It also reminds him a bit of the time when there was a former F1 boss who dared to create some drama to score a good headline.
“It’s very good that they are filling in the gaps and making it pantomime,” Wolff added. “That’s good for the sport and good for Netflix because they want to portray the people, not just the stopwatch.”
“People have realized that they are quoted when they say controversial things. It gives them media time, it gets their picture in the papers.”
“In many ways we go back to our roots, because what Bernie Ecclestone created back then was racing and soap. And if there wasn’t enough racing, he made soap, he was always good for a headline. So we got back to that.”
“But I don’t get carried away with it. I find it amusing, but it doesn’t affect me.”
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