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Horner and Wolff criticised for 'childish' arguments

A Formula 1 pundit has argued that Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen have behaved more maturely during the battle for the 2021 F1 title than their team bosses.

Christian Horner and Toto Wolff have been labelled "childish" by F1 pundit Mathias Lauda, the son of legendary driver Niki Lauda. There has been a great deal of back-and-forth between the two team bosses throughout the 2021 season, and it appears to have become particularly fervent during the latter stages of the year. Wolff recently labelled Horner a "little actor" , and there were further heated exchanges when the pair shared a pre-race press conference at the Qatar Grand Prix. Meanwhile drivers Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton have been battling it out on track rather than off, and Lauda thinks that the drivers have displayed more maturity than Horner and Wolff. "I think the drivers behave more maturely than the team bosses," Lauda told Servus TV . "With Max and Lewis, there were never any serious problems all season, even after the incident at Silverstone. "Actually, the team bosses are childish."

The title decider

With only two races remaining, Verstappen currently leads Hamilton in the Drivers' standings by just eight points. Whilst it is mathematically possible for Verstappen to win the title at the next Grand Prix in Saudi Arabia , Lauda is anticipating that the battle will go down to the wire at the season-closing event in Abu Dhabi. Wolff has previously suggested that there is a chance that the two drivers could collide should this scenario occur, and Lauda would not rule this out either. "This has happened before in Formula 1," Lauda said. "In an equally fierce duel, namely with [Alain] Prost against [Ayrton] Senna." However, he expects the fight to remain "fair". "At this point in the season, people have mastered aerodynamics," Lauda explained. "Red Bull Racing just had a few problems on Friday in Qatar. "Both teams are now getting everything out of the car and trying to improve it further, but I’m sure it will be fair."

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