Netflix reportedly filmed Wolff/Horner meeting clash

Jamie Woodhouse
Toto Wolff, Mercedes, and Christian Horner, Red Bull, talk to media. England, July 2021.

Toto Wolff, Mercedes, and Christian Horner, Red Bull, sat together talking in a press conference. England, July 2021.

The reported tense exchange between Toto Wolff and Christian Horner in Canada is claimed to have been captured by the Netflix cameras.

The debate surrounding porpoising rumbled on at the Canadian Grand Prix following a technical directive released by the FIA, setting out their intentions to monitor this bouncing phenomenon and ensure that cars were running in a safe setup.

Several drivers had called for FIA intervention after suffering badly with bouncing at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix.

It is safe to say that in Canada, Wolff was the harshest in his words relating to his fellow team bosses, calling them out for, to his mind, playing “political games”.

There had been protest talk with multiple teams reportedly suspicious of a new floor which Mercedes rolled out in Montreal, just days after the issuing of the technical directive.

“This is a sport where you’re trying to keep a competitive advantage or gain it, but this situation has clearly gone too far,” Wolff fumed as he spoke to

“All drivers, at least one in every team, have said that they were in pain after Baku, that they had difficulty in keeping the car on track or blurred vision.

“Team principals trying to manipulate what is being said in order to keep the competitive advantage and trying to play political games when the FIA tries to come up with a quick solution, to at least put the cars in a better position, is disingenuous. And that’s what I said.

“I’m not only talking about the Mercedes: all of the cars suffered in some way or other in Baku, and still do it here. The cars are too stiff. The cars bounce or whatever you want to call it.

“We have long term effects that we can’t even judge. But at any time this is a safety risk, and then coming up with little manipulations in the background, or Chinese whispers, or briefing the drivers, is just pitiful.”

These comments came after a meeting of the team bosses in Canada where Wolff and Horner were said to have clashed, and it is now being widely reported that the Netflix cameras were there to soak it all up.

So, we should all see exactly what went down after all, as long as Netflix decide that it makes the cut for their new season of Drive to Survive.

The documentary series, which offers a behind-the-scenes view of Formula 1 beyond what the TV cameras show, has drawn mixed reviews in the paddock since the first season aired back in 2019.


The porpoising debate rages on

The FIA issued a technical directive last week to combat porpoising, and not all the teams agree on the issue.