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Formula 1

Horner on Wolff relationship: We are very different people

Christian Horner says he and Mercedes counterpart Toto Wolff aren't "similar characters", especially when you consider their professional backgrounds.

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Red Bull Team Principal Christian Horner believes he and Mercedes counterpart Toto Wolff are very different characters, but that the rivalry between the two is somewhat played up by the media.

The two teams have been involved in a heated battle on and off the track in 2021, with neither boss afraid to voice a different opinion than the other.

Whether it's having a different view on the accident between Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen at Silverstone, or human errors in pit-stops, it seems there isn't much Horner and Wolff can agree on.

Don't expect that to change anytime soon, with Wolff recently calling Horner a "little actor in a pantomime". He also downplayed suggestions from the Red Bull boss that he is feeling added pressure in this year's title battle.

As for Horner, he says he doesn't pay much attention to the ongoing back and forth between the two.

"I don't pay much attention to the Toto situation, even if the media likes to build it up," Horner told Luxury London.

"The intensity of the competition is so fierce that one mistake could cost either team the title. This is also the first time Mercedes has been under this level of pressure in seven seasons – it will be interesting to see how they deal with that.

"Toto and I are not similar characters. He is a financial guy and I grew up in the industry. It doesn't make one right or the other one wrong, but we are very different people."

The rivalry between Red Bull and Mercedes, and Horner and Wolff, has resulted in an exciting end to the season, even for those that don't have a horse in the race.

Horner added: "We have a handful of races to go, varying circuits around the world, the situation is very exciting, even for the impartial F1 fan."

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