Red Bull team boss Christian Horner reveals he had an altercation with Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff in Race Control at the 2021 British Grand Prix, after Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen’s lap 1 collision, which ended with Max in the barriers and out of the race.
“It really permeated at Silverstone where suddenly there was an awful lot of dialogue from Toto to Michael [Masi, race director at the time],” Horner said on F1’s Beyond the Grid podcast.
“Then he’s [Wolff] sending him an email, and then he’s coming up. And I thought: ‘Right, okay, I’m not having that, I’m going up’.
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“I felt it was incredibly one sided that a team principal should not be able to lobby and influence the race director and with hindsight, Toto and I had a fairly heated exchange in Race Control.
“At that event, where Toto was obviously arguing his corner that his driver shouldn’t be penalised.
“And I’ve got a driver in hospital and the car taken out of the race and was obviously feeling pretty aggrieved by it,” the Briton concluded.
Lewis Hamilton was ultimately penalized for the collision, as it was deemed by that stewards that he was “predominantly to blame”.