Between Red Bull and Mercedes, war is declared...

Between Red Bull and Mercedes, war is declared…

On the sidelines of the Miami Grand Prix won on Sunday by Lando Norris, Red Bull, via its general director Oliver Mintzlaff, informed Toto Wolff that he did not like his forcing to try to convince Max Verstappen to join him at Mercedes. In China, Christian Horner also complained about the behavior of the boss of the Silver Arrows.

Sunday evening in Miami, the racing circumstances meant that the Red Bulls and the Mercedes did not have to fight on the track. On the other hand, behind the scenes, tension seems to be at its height between the two most renowned teams in the paddock. With Red Bull in its sights: a very specific person from the British team. This is obviously Toto Wolff, the boss of the camp opposite, not really known for keeping his tongue in his pocket and never the last when it comes to playing the provocation card. Or cross the yellow line. Already on the sidelines of the Chinese Grand Prix, the Austrians, via Christian Horner, the boss of the Red Bull team, had already complained about the attitude of Wolff, accused by his opponents of lacking respect in his way of courting Max Verstappen. Horner then invited the Silver Arrows strongman to concentrate on the “problems of his stable”. This weekend, in Florida, it was Oliver Mintzlaff’s turn to reframe the Mercedes boss, also inviting him in turn in these comments relayed by our colleagues at the team to take care of his team. “I understand the pressure that Toto Wolff and perhaps other teams are under after years behind us, but I believe that Toto Wolff should focus on his own challenges. He has enough,” railed the general director of Red Bull, particularly angry with Wolff.

Red Bull is not worried…

“This affair is also a notion of respect. Talking about another team’s personnel is not good. » Mintzlaff also reminds that Verstappen has no reason to leave his current colors, where he is pampered. “Max wants the fastest car. We have it. Max wants to become world champion again. He has the best chance of achieving this with us. And Max is a loyal boy. He benefits from the complete trust of Christian Horner and Helmut Marko. He is aware of it. There is no reason to consider a desire to leave.” The CEO of the team dear to the three-time world champion also assures that despite repeated calls from Wolff to try to attract “Mad Max” into his net, he is extremely confident about the choice what will the Dutchman do? “Max has a long-term contract with us. He never told me he didn’t want to honor her. I’m not at all worried that he might consider leaving. » Mintzlaff would nevertheless like “things to calm down again”. Knowing Wolff, he’s probably got his finger in the eye.

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