Mercedes and Red Bull in a new war of words before the decision

The battle between Mercedes and Red Bull continues. Both on and off the track.
Now Red Bulls team manager Christian Horner sends a clear pass to Mercedes Toto Wolff.
– I do not need to kiss his ass or anything like that.

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On the track, the reigning champion Lewis Hamilton fights against World Cup leader Max Verstappen. There are two races left and for the first time in many, many years it is not only a battle between two drivers but also a battle between two teams.
Next to that, the next fight is going on, between Mercedes team manager Toto Wolff and Red Bulls team manager Christian Horner.
– I believe that relationships and respect are two very different things, says Christian Horner during a press conference in connection with last weekend’s competition in Qatar.
– Of course we have a great respect for everything that Mercedes has done and everything that Lewis Hamilton has achieved, but I do not have to have dinner with Toto. I do not need to kiss his ass or anything.

Word war between Mercedes and Red Bull

Mercedes and Red Bull
Christian Horner (TT)

He continues:
– There is no relationship. We push for everything we can and we have worked hard to be in this position. This is the first time they are being challenged and it is exciting to see how people react when they are put under pressure and are challenged, says Horner.
– This is by far the most intense and political title fight that we have been involved in during our time in the sport. Does our car follow the rules? Absolutely.

Toto Wolff also comments on the tight fight:
– When it comes to the battle between the teams, there are many fantastic people who work at Red Bull and obviously many fantastic people who work for Mercedes. It’s a damn fight, says the Austrian.

Toto Wolff (AP)

– There is of course a respect for Red Bull and the capacity of their team he. It is clear that this is tough. This is a World Cup in the highest category in motorsport and what started as Olympic boxing turned into professional boxing, but now the fight has developed into MMA. It is okay. We are in the ring and trying to do the very best job we can. The rules allow us to use the elbows and now we have thrown away the gloves. We should not expect anything else.
Right now there is a difference of eight points between Verstappen and Hamilton in the battle for the World Cup title, in the constructors ‘championship there is a difference of five points in Mercedes’ favor. We have a little more than a week’s break before the fight continues in Saudi Arabia, even on a course that F1 has never competed on before.

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Mercedes and Red Bull in a new war of words before the decision