Horner warns Wolff not to break rules over the F1 summer break

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The war of words between Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff and Red Bull team boss Christian Horner is still going strong, with Horner aiming another dig at his competitor.

With Mercedes improving its car’s performance with each race, many observers are expecting the team to get even closer to Red Bull and Ferrari after Formula 1’s summer break.

Because it is not allowed for teams to work on their cars over the break, Christian Horner used the opportunity to take a dig at Mercedes and his old rival Toto Wolff.

“I hear Toto said they are going to work throughout the summer break to improve the car, which would, of course, be illegal,” the Briton said.

Mercedes manage to finish the French Grand Prix in P2 and P3, so Horner concedes they are slowly closing the gap to his team.

“They were certainly talking up their chances coming into the weekend. I think in the end Max was reasonably comfortable.

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“But you can see they are chipping away at it, they are getting closer and closer,” Horner concluded.

Max Verstappen, however, thinks it would be a good thing if Mercedes manages to join the fight at the top of the field.

“It is a good thing because it means everyone has to be at 100 per cent to get the points they deserve,” the Dutchman said ahead of the French GP.

“In general for the sport it is better to have three teams fighting. For myself it is better because, with more cars, more things can happen,” he concluded.

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