Horner blasts Wolff and expresses sympathy for Michael Masi

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Christian Horner says his rivalry with Toto Wolff was like nothing he has seen in F1, and says removed race director Michael Masi needed “more support”.

There’s no doubt that the rivalry between Red Bull and Mercedes and their team principals got extremely heated in 2021.

Ahead of the Canadian Grand Prix, Red Bull team boss Christian Horner said his rivalry with Wolff was like nothing he has seen in Formula 1.

“To be honest with you, I just tried to stay true to our values, to keep our heads down and do the best job that we could,” Horner told The Telegraph.

“But you could see that it boiled over in the garage next door on a few occasions. That’s something I haven’t seen against another competitor.

“I’ve raced against Ross Brawn, Stefano Domenicali, Ron Dennis, Flavio Briatore, and I never ever saw that kind of reaction.”

The Briton says his current rivalry with Ferrari team boss Mattia Binotto is completely different.

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“It has been contained to being on track, which is healthy. It’s the way it should be.

“Last year it bubbled over into a lot of off-track politicking, and other things in the background. It’s a lot less personal now.”

Horner then expressed his sympathy for former race director Michael Masi, the man who disregarded the rules at the 2021 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, and basically handed the drivers’ championship title to Max Verstappen.

“There’s no substitute for experience sometimes,” Horner said.

“Michael was an experienced guy, and he was in a difficult position because there was so much weight on his shoulders.

“With more support, life could have been a lot easier for him,” the Briton concluded.

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