Lewis Hamilton and Toto Wolff address 2021 F1 rumours in 2019
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Christian Horner and Toto Wolff have finally agreed on something following an F1 season of verbal sparring between the pair. Tensions between Red Bull boss Horner, and Mercedes equivalent Wolff, have reached boiling point in 2021 as Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton have gone toe-to-toe in an intense championship battle.
The two drivers were involved in on-track collisions at both Silverstone and Monza, with the former incident leaving Verstappen in need of hospital treatment. It was his British rival deemed at fault by the stewards, but he duly recovered from a 10-second penalty to take the chequered flag.
In Italy, both were unable to finish but this time it was the Dutchman held responsible, and he incurred a grid penalty for the following race in Sochi.
Horner, 48, and Wolff, 49, inevitably held differing views over the incidents, and the pair continued to snipe back-and-forth until more controversy at this month’s Brazil Grand Prix.
Verstappen appeared to deliberately run wide when defending an attempted overtake from Hamilton, and yet dubiously escaped punishment.
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Mercedes subsequently appealed the FIA’s decision not to investigate the incident, but following a virtual hearing ahead of last weekend’s Grand Prix in Qatar, their appeal was rejected, with Wolff saying he feared the call would prompt “dirtier racing” in future.
It wasn’t the only flash point in Brazil, with Verstappen also fined £42,000 after a social media clip emerged of him inspecting and touching Hamilton’s rear wing following qualifying at Interlagos.
That incident however, has prompted the two warring bosses to actually voice similar opinions about social media footage constituting evidence at F1 hearings.
Speaking ahead of last week’s appeal, Wolff was quoted as saying on GP Fans “Nobody wants to have feeds from social media that are coming in and then you suddenly have new evidence, rightly or wrongly, so we need to clean that up.
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“Hopefully in the regulations, with the consent of everybody that, first of all, the stewards need to have access to all relevant channels.”
Horner agreed, believing the FIA were at risk of setting a precedent which could result in multiple incidents having to be investigated.
“Well, I think that’s the danger for the FIA with this,” he said.
“If they do go down this route then every single incident from now on will be questioned. There’ll be evidence from iPhones or spectators’ phones.”
Both drivers will be under intense scrutiny again this weekend in Saudi Arabia, with Verstappen leading Hamilton by just eight points with the title race set to go to the wire.
The Constructors’ battle is also on a knife-edge, with the ‘Silver Arrows’ just five points clear of Red Bull as they aim for an eighth straight title double.
Following the night race at Jeddah on Sunday, the season will culminate seven days later in Abu Dhabi.
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