F1 News: Toto Wolff and Christian Horner’s ‘uncomfotable’ rivalry comes under scrutiny

Because at the end of the day, it’s competition, it’s racing, but it’s not warfare.”

Former Formula 1 driver David Coulthard has expressed discomfort with how the media has sensationalized and portrayed the rivalry between Toto Wolff, the Mercedes team principal, and Christian Horner, his counterpart at Red Bull.


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Former F1 driver David Coulthard expressed discomfort with the media’s sensationalization of the rivalry between Mercedes’ Toto Wolff and Red Bull’s Christian Horner.

The intensified rivalry between the two teams and their leaders has been highlighted in various instances, including press conferences.

Coulthard emphasized that on-track competition should not be portrayed as warfare, pointing to a photo of Wolff and Horner smiling together after the Abu Dhabi Grand Finale in 2021.

Since Red Bull assumed championship reign from Mercedes in 2021 amid controversial circumstances, the rivalry between the two teams, their drivers, and team bosses appears to have intensified.


In several instances, such as press conferences, Wolff and Horner have been observed engaging in direct or indirect verbal exchanges, a dynamic frequently emphasized by the media. However, Coulthard has emphasized that on-track rivalry should not be depicted as ‘warfare.’ He argues that, ultimately, it is racing and nothing more.


While speaking on the ‘Formula For Success’ podcast, Coulthard referred to a photograph of Wolff and Horner smiling together after last year’s Abu Dhabi Grand Finale, illustrating his point. Expressing his views on their hyped rivalry, the former driver said:

“Sometimes I get a little bit uncomfortable with this sort of build-up in the media, the battle between Mercedes and Red Bull, or let’s say more, I guess between Toto and Christian.

“I was actually quite happy to see Geri Horner [member of pop group The Spice Girls and Christian’s wife] snuggled up, cuddled up to Toto and Christian there and our great friend Anita Gerhardter from Wings for Life, all smiling and in a happy place.

“Because at the end of the day, it’s competition, it’s racing, but it’s not warfare.”



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