Over the past few days, 3 F1 team bosses have made quite the news taking a dig one after the other at each other. These 3 team bosses are- Zak Brown, Christian Horner and Toto Wolff. Having said that, the criticism reached a whole new level when Silver Arrows boss went out to say that the other two only “speak s**t”.
This caused a massive rage on social media and hindered the image of Toto Wolff significantly. Now, Mercedes F1 comes out to support and protect its part owner over the rage he put himself in.
What did Toto Wolff say and the entire story behind the controversy?
It all started when Toto Wolff attended an interview with the German daily newspaper, Osterreich, where he was asked to weigh in on Brown’s prediction of Max Verstappen joining the Stuttgart outfit by 2021.
Wolff replied, “Brown is like Christian Horner. They just talk s**t. I think Zak wanted to wind up Christian with this one. I don’t care.” (Translated from German through Google Translate)
According to Inews, a Mercedes spokesperson revealed that the quotes had been “misquoted.”
Mercedes clarified, “He said Zak and Christian were giving each other s**t – not that they spread s**t.” Apparently, the author from Osterreich felt that Wolff’s words “in German sounds way softer.”
McLaren’s boss, Zak Brown started the proceedings to what has ended up being a very controversial matter at the moment. He reckoned that Mercedes will start the 2022 season with an entirely new line-up for the first time since their entry into F1 in 2010. Dr. Helmut Marko stood against Brown’s claims and revealed that the Dutchman is going nowhere at least for the next few years.
Finally arrived the Toto Wolff who expressed his view on the matter. And although his choice of words was good enough, the translation threw him under the bus, putting the Austrian in a bad light.