Without a doubt, both on and off the racetrack, the 2021 Formula 1 race was one of the most competitive in recent memory.
Max Verstappen of Red Bull was putting everything he had into winning his first world championship as Mercedes racer Lewis Hamilton battled for a record-breaking eighth championship.
The two racers’ heated struggle on the track was not the only argument occurring, as team managers from Mercedes and Red Bull occasionally got into heated disagreements that threatened to spill over onto the track.
The head of Red Bull, Christian Horner, has said that in his entire professional career, he has never had such a heated rivalry with the head of another team, Toto Wolff of Mercedes.
Horner: I made an effort to uphold our values
“To be honest, I tried to stay true to our values, keep a cool head and do my job to the best of my ability. But you could see that sometimes emotions were running high,” he told The Telegraph.
“It’s something I’ve never seen with any other competitor, and I’ve raced against the likes of Ross Brawn, Stefano Domenicali, Ron Dennis and Flavio Briatore. I’ve never seen such a reaction.”
Horner acknowledged that the battle between themselves and Ferrari, who are presently battling it out at the top of the grid, will not involve the mudslinging seen in 2021. However, they are determined to keep the title in their corner again this season.
“Life is too short to hold a grudge”
“The fight will be limited to the action on the track, which is healthy. That’s how it should be,” he said.
“Last year it turned into a lot of political stuff off the track and a bit more playing in the background. Now it’s a lot less personal.”
Now that it is all in the old days, Horner can see that things got a little too hot, but the most crucial thing is to keep the cup where he thinks it belongs.
“Life is too short to hold a grudge or to look back. The trophy is in the cupboard and the important thing now is that it stays there,” he concluded.
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