F1 News: Red Bull team boss slammed after naming Mercedes Toto Wolff ‘Tax Exile’
Red Bull team principal Christian Horner doesn’t pull his punches when it comes to Mercedes and their team principal, Toto Wolff. Now it has been revealed that there was a time when Horner pushed too far and lost the respect of his Labor counterpart and deputy chairman of the all-party parliamentary group on Formula 1, Lord Peter Hain. It comes barely a week after Horner slammed Wolff over his tax status.
Lord Hain has revealed he was highly critical of Horner when he accused Lewis Hamilton of putting Max Verstappen’s life in danger at the British Grand Prix last year.
“He knew Max had come through that turn,” Horner said at the time. “Perhaps he hasn’t seen him all afternoon.
“For me, it was a desperate decision that thankfully had no worse consequences than a written-off car and a bruised and beaten driver.”
“This move never happened. Lewis is a seven-time world champion. It was an amateur mistake and a hopeless mistake.
“I don’t care what Lewis said. Take a look at your own analysis, make your own comparisons. For me, it is a vain victory.
Now Lord Hain has spoken to the press about what happened last year, admitting that:
“I had a lot of respect for Christian, who is obviously one of the best leaders in Formula 1.
“But I thought he was totally out of order at Silverstone and he never repeated that, I think he probably realized that.
“I think he would have gained more respect if he had apologized, but he never did. We never want to see anything like that again.
“I think it damaged him and Red Bull, and it didn’t do Formula 1 any good either.
“Competitive tension and rivalry are the meat and drink of Formula 1.”
At the time, Lewis Hamilton responded to Horner himself via a tweet:
“Today is a reminder of the dangers of the sport. I send my best wishes to Max who is an incredible competitor. I’m glad to hear he is doing well.
“I will always run hard but always fair. My team has shown courage and perseverance. It’s a dream to win in front of my home crowd. »
“I really have nothing to say to Christian. Victory does not seem hollow.
“I don’t think I’m in a position to have to apologize for anything. We are out there racing.
“I don’t agree with the stewards but I take my penalty on the chin and I continue my work. I’m not going to complain about that.
Speaking to the Daily Mail last week, Horner fired Toto Wolff as he branded him a ‘tax exile’.
“We are very different. “If I’m not on the circuit, I’m at the factory. I’m not living in tax exile in Monaco, leading a team from a distance. I’m practical.
“My diary is full from when I arrive to when I leave, dealing with issues within the team. I have an open door policy.
“I grew up in sports. I was a racing driver who turned to managing a team. I am a runner at heart.
“Toto comes from a very different background. He has a financial background and is very motivated by what the balance sheet says. The results dictate this performance.
“Does he share the same passion as a runner? I have no idea. Will he be here in 10 years or will he have cashed in and be on his superyacht? I have no idea.”