Toto Wolff reacts to Red Bull’s threats of legal action

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Recently Red Bull’s Christian Horner implied his team is considering taking legal actions against those who commented on his team’s rumoured budget cap breach. Toto Wolff responds.

The controversy surrounding Red Bull’s alleged 2021 budget cap breach is not dying down. While the FIA is expected to announce the official results of their assessment of the 2021 financial data submitted by all Formula 1 teams, many have already given their comments on the issue.

The most vocal among them have been Mercedes’ Toto Wolff and Ferrari’s Mattia Binotto and Laurent Mekies.

These comments prompted Red Bull team boss Christian Horner to imply that Red Bull is considering taking legal action against those who make ‘defamatory’ claims against the team.

“The FIA has stated that they have not completed their process, so unless there is a clear withdrawal of those statements, we will be taking it extremely seriously,” Horner said.

“We will look at all the options available to us because it is absolutely unacceptable to be making the comments that were made yesterday which are totally defamatory to the team, to the brands, and to Formula One,” concluded the Briton.

When asked about these comments, Toto Wolff said he was not worried.

“I didn’t see that interview,” the Austrian said.

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“Maybe I should spend time watching it. That’s noise. At the end, there is a process.

“On Wednesday, there are going to be certificates of compliance that are going to be issued or not and then if somebody has not complied, there is a process and governance that is in place.

“For me, I am 100 percent sure the FIA is going to do the right thing, so everything else is all chatter until then.

“Plus, it is important that the cost cap is being complied to. It is a cornerstone to the new regulations and I very much hope that all of the teams have done that.”

Wolff added he is confident the FIA will deal with any issues the right way.

“I have no reason to doubt the FIA will not 100 per cent act on their own governance or their own regulations because they know how important it is going forward.

“We are all aware the regulations, be it technical, sporting, and now financial, have to be regulated, policed in the right way and we just need to adhere.

“[I have] 100 per cent confidence in the process and in the FIA and that is why everything else is noise,” Wolff concluded.

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