Lewis Hamilton jokes that embattled Mercedes and Red Bull bosses Toto Wolff and Christian Horner should ‘step in the ring’ and FIGHT to resolve their differences after back and forth arguing
- Hamilton has called on Wolff and Horner to resolve their feud in the ring
- Off-track animosity between the rivals makes for an entertaining sideshow
- Mercedes boss called Red Bull rival a ‘windsock who wants to be on camera’
- It came after Horner told Wolff to ‘shut up’ in a row over flexible wings
Lewis Hamilton has called on Toto Wolff and Christian Horner to resolve their feud in the ring.
The off-track animosity between Mercedes boss Wolff and his Red Bull counterpart makes for an entertaining sideshow this season.
Leading up to qualifying for Sunday’s Azerbaijan Grand Prix, Wolff, 49, called Horner, 47, a “windsock who wants to be on camera.”
Lewis Hamilton has called on Toto Wolff and Christian Horner to resolve their feud in the ring
The Austrian’s comments came 24 hours after Horner told Wolff to “shut up” as the feud over flexible wings intensified. Mercedes thinks Red Bull’s rear wing gives them an illegal advantage.
Horner refuted Wolff’s argument, claiming that the Silver Arrows could bend the rules with both their front and rear wings.
“If I were Toto, with the front wing he has on his car, I’d shut up,” Horner said. “If anything, it might look a little worse than ours.”
But in response to his Red Bull rival, Wolff said: “Christian is a bit of a windsock who wants to be on camera. “It’s easy to be spicy when you’re at the top of the timesheets, but you should be a little more humble.”
Toto Wolff (top right) called Christian Horner a ‘windsock who wants to be on camera’
Hamilton, who finished second in qualifying for Sunday’s race, was then asked for his opinion on the escalating battle of words between Wolff and Horner.
“We should get them in the ring,” said the seven-time world champion, turning to watch Red Bull’s Max Verstappen, who will be one place behind his champion rival in Baku on Sunday.
Verstappen argued that Horner, 5ft 9in, would be at a disadvantage against Wolff, 6ft 3in.
“Weight distribution will be a bit of an issue with height and reach,” said the Dutchman. Hamilton replied, “They have the same weight, just different heights.”
The off-track animosity between the rival bosses makes for an entertaining afterthought
The Mercedes driver then added: “They are the two top leaders of the teams and they have contributed enormously to the success of both teams.
“They’re going to compete because we’re going up against each other in this title fight, but we just like talking on the track, so we keep our heads down.”
Verstappen, who is four points ahead of Hamilton heading into Sunday’s race, continued: “It’s Formula 1 and there’s a lot at stake.
“Everyone wants to win and everyone is competitive, so it’s just a natural thing and it’s good for everyone to read.”