Toto Wolff has vowed to no longer get “distracted by noise” as his Mercedes team continue their fight with Red Bull after F1’s summer break.
While their drivers Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen go head-to-head on track, Mercedes boss Wolff and Red Bull chief Christian Horner have been involved in a war of words off it, with several topics coming under the spotlight.
At the Azerbaijan Grand Prix, Wolff made headlines by describing Horner as a "windbag" amid the debate about flexi-wings, having been told by Horner to "keep his mouth shut" over the situation.
"I got annoyed in Baku, and that is not something that's normally happening to me,” Wolff told GPFans Global.
"On reflection, I want to concentrate my focus on the team and on myself, rather than be distracted by noise."
Asked if he has taken on board any advice from other members of Mercedes' management for the future, Wolff added: "I always listen, of course, and that is important because sometimes you just need to look beyond your nose. That is just me.
"Baku wasn't, 'Back away', I just got triggered. In the end, I am not interested anyway in chatter.
"Whatever is said or written, it is just distracting. It has the potential to distract you, and I don't want to be distracted. I just want to look, I just want to look inside."
Tensions between the two title-contending teams increased further at the British Grand Prix, where Hamilton and Verstappen dramatically collided, with Red Bull's strong criticism of their rivals prompting Mercedes to issue a statement in a bid to put an end to matters.