Red Bull's Christian Horner believes Mercedes' Toto Wolff is infuriated by the fact he can't control anything the championship leading team do.
With Red Bull and Max Verstappen leading Mercedes and Lewis Hamilton in both title fights, Horner appears to be pleased that he has managed to get under Wolff's skin after plenty of recent sniping between the two bosses.
“It’s a competitive business, and Toto’s a little bit of a control freak, as we can see,” Horner told the UK's Guardian.
“And the one thing he can’t control is Red Bull. I’m probably the only one to have no conflicts of interests with Toto. I can speak my mind and tell him what I think. He maybe finds that slightly uncomfortable.”
Indeed, Horner vs. Wolff has perhaps been the more bitter of the championship fights, given that Hamilton and Verstappen have been civil and friendly with each other throughout the season. Contrast that with the sniping and shade being thrown by the team bosses, with Wolff accusing Horner of being 'a windbag', Horner found the incident amusing.
“Coming from the chap who is in front of the camera more than anybody else, I thought that was quite amusing,” Horner said.
“I’m sure Toto will try to throw shade wherever he can. But sometimes, when you point the finger, there are three pointing back at you.”
Horner couldn't resist pointing out that Mercedes' successes came about with decisions made by people before Wolff's arrival at the team, and that this is the first time in the hybrid era where Mercedes are having to fight from a position where they are, arguably, the weaker team.
“It’s a dynamic that Toto has probably never experienced before, because when he joined the team, it was already established. It had signed Hamilton. By 2014, the engine was in place. The foundations were all there. This is the first time for many in that team that they have actually been in this position.”