Mercedes have moved to clarify that comments recently attributed to team boss Toto Wolff on the subject of his terse relationship with Red Bull counterpart Christian Horner were in fact made at last year's Dutch Grand Prix.
In an interview with Dutch outlet Formule 1 Magazine, Wolff admitted to "really regretting" his war of words with Horner as Mercedes and Red Bull went head-to-head for both world titles during the 2021 season.
However, while the timing of publication suggested that the comments were made recently, Mercedes have since confirmed that the interview took place during the Dutch GP weekend from 3-5 September.
What did Wolff say about Horner?
In the interview, Wolff addressed his relationship with Horner, prior to several other flashpoints later in the year.
"I really regret it," said Wolff, the pair having been largely amicable up until 2021.
"I always try to stay professional and approach things professionally. It got very personal between the two of us at some point, that's right.
"He told me to 'keep my mouth shut' [during the flexi-wing situation] and then I responded by saying he was a windbag and talked too much for the cameras. I shouldn't have said that.
"It's a professional relationship and you know that even your worst enemy has a best friend, so you have to respect that person, even if you fight a hard duel in a professional environment."
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