Horner on how Red Bull upset Wolff

Date published: November 22 2020

Mercedes Toto Wolff and Red Bull Christian Horner

Red Bull team principal Christian Horner has joked their ability to work hard and play hard “upsets” Mercedes boss Toto Wolff.

In 2020, Red Bull have been the closest challenger to Mercedes, but it highlights the dominance of the Silver Arrows when Red Bull have won only one race this season, courtesy of Max Verstappen at the 70th Anniversary Grand Prix.

But while Red Bull’s “party team” tag isn’t what it once was, they are still well known for their laid-back attitude and paddock parties.

As Horner puts it “work hard, play hard”.

“Well, there haven’t been any this year,” he replied when asked on the Talking Bull Podcast how the Red Bull parties are these days.

“You work hard, you play hard and I think this team, when people look in the garage, we play our music louder than the others, there’s a vibe, a buzz.

“People feed off that and if you enjoy what you’re doing then you do it that much better, that’s why there are people walking around the factory in jeans and T-shirts or shorts if they want to.

“There’s a different vibe here, it’s not a suit-and-tie environment and everyone knows what their role is, everyone knows what their task is and people like that.

“People like Ole [Schack, Red Bull mechanic] who has been there from the very beginning…when you see Max [Verstappen] hit the wall on his out-lap in Hungary, if there is any team that can get it turned around I believe it’s our team.

“If anybody was ever going to be capable of getting that car fixed and turned around and then for it to finish on the podium, it’s those guys. And it’s that energy that just runs through the whole team.”

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But it seems there is one individual who is not such a fan of Red Bull’s ability to turn such situations around while keeping their chilled attitude intact.

“That’s why we upset Toto Wolff so much,” Horner said, laughing.

Mercedes have secured the Drivers’ and Constructors’ Championships for a seventh season in a row, but with three rounds remaining of the 2020 campaign only a strange set of results would see Red Bull finish lower than P2.

The Austrian-owned outfit have 240 points on the board while P3 team Racing Point currently sit on 154.

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