Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff says he got “annoyed” by Christian Horner’s comments in Baku, but now he is not interested “in chatter”.
A war of words between Mercedes and Red Bull has been brewing for some time. It all started with Mercedes’ remarks about Red Bull having “bendy wings”, which escalated during the Azerbaijan Grand Prix weekend when Christian Horner said:
“I think if I was Toto with the front wing he’s got on his car, I’d keep my mouth shut.”
This led to Wolff calling Horner a “windbag”, but after that Mercedes seemed to deescalate the verbal conflict, while Red Bull remained on the attack throughout the controversy regarding Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen’s British Grand Prix collision.
Toto Wolff now says he stayed away from further verbal battles on purpose, and decided to concentrate “on the team and on myself”.
“I got annoyed in Baku, and that is not something that’s normally happening to me,” said the Austrian.
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“On reflection, I want to concentrate my focus on the team and on myself, rather than be distracted by noise.”
Asked if he was advised by someone from Mercedes’ management on how to handle future incidents, Wolff said he listens to all advice.
“I always listen, of course, and that is important because sometimes you just need to look beyond your nose. That is just me.
“Baku wasn’t ‘back away’, I just got triggered. In the end, I am not interested anyway in chatter.
“Whatever is said or written, it is just distracting. It has the potential to distract you, and I don’t want to be distracted.
“I just want to look, I just want to look inside,” concluded Mercedes’ team boss.