Toto Wolff has mocked Christian Horner following his bitter rival’s feisty defence of Red Bull amid F1’s cost cap row.
It was confirmed Red Bull had breached the sport’s financial regulations for 2021 a day after Max Verstappen clinched his second successive title by winning the Japanese Grand Prix.
Red Bull have been in dialogue with the sport’s governing body, the FIA, over a potential punishment in Austin during the United States Grand Prix weekend, although discussions have been placed on hold following the death of Red Bull owner Dietrich Mateschitz at the age of 78.
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Before that news was announced, Horner angrily hit back at suggestions the team had cheated and claimed the children of Red Bull employees had been “bullied” due to “fictitious allegations from other teams".
“You cannot go around just making that kind of allegation without any fact or substance. We are absolutely appalled at the behaviour of some of our competitors,” he said.
However, Wolff does not appear to have any sympathy for Horner and challenged the inference that Red Bull are victims of the saga.
“I almost had to squeeze out a tear when I heard that [Horner's statement],” he told Sky Germany. “The facts are that nine out of 10 teams were under the cost cap.
“One team is now arguing that they slipped over it with supposed non-performance topics, but these apply to all of us.”
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It has been suggested that Red Bull’s overspend was merely on catering expenses, but Wolff remarked: “We [Mercedes] also thought about how many sandwiches we give people and how we deal with various other cost pools.
“Whatever they're over, a million, two or five, I don't know, is a cash value advantage that you can put into development.
“It's a little bit like reverse psychology. Who is the victim? And I believe the victims are the nine teams.”
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