Christian Horner implies Toto Wolff has “offloaded onto” Mercedes staff

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Red Bull team boss Christian Horner says he “got to” Toto Wolff in 2021, and implies the Austrian then “offloaded onto” Mercedes’ staff.

The battle between Mercedes and Red Bull in 2021 will go down in history as one of the fiercest title fights in the history of Formula 1.

The on-track battles often spilled off the track, and led to a fierce battle of words between team bosses Toto Wolff and Christian Horner.

During his appearance on the Diary of a CEO podcast, Horner said Wolff’s on-camera reactions during races are proof that the pressure got to him.

“You see people’s true personalities and what they’ve really got when they’re under pressure,” the Briton said.

“When you see your counterpart smashing up headphones and pointing and ranting, you know you’ve got to them.

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“If they’re venting in such a way, and they’re feeling that pressure, then the people beneath them are going to be offloaded onto, they are going to be on the receiving end of that.

“That, in my opinion and experience, causes people to tighten up.”

Horner then said that he himself did not put unneeded pressure on his team.

“In the end, it paid off. As a leader, how you conduct yourself permeates throughout a business.

“If you’re feeling the tension and passing that on, then for me that’s not a healthy way to lead a team by fear,” he concluded.

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