Red Bull boss shoots down Toto Wolff as Verstappen and Hamilton rivalry takes twist

Max Verstappen reacts to Honda's departure from Formula 1

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Red Bull team principal Christian Horner has told his Mercedes counterpart Christian Horner to mind his own business as tensions between the two teams continue to build. Max Verstappen is expected to give Lewis Hamilton his toughest title fight in years on the track – and it is getting just as spicy off it.

Hamilton won the season-opening Grand Prix and Verstappen emerged victorious last time out in Imola.

Just one point separates Drivers’ Championship leader Hamilton from his Red Bull rival.

But there is also battles in the boardroom between the two constructors, especially with Red Bull preparing to launch their own engine in 2025.

They are trying to recruit several of Mercedes’ top guys to help them build a power unit that will see them return to the top of the sport.

Wolff suggested that Red Bull would team up with Volkswagen’s Audi or Porsche brands to create the new engine.

“Toto always likes to think he knows what’s going on in other people’s business. Perhaps he needs to think about his own,” Horner bit back when speaking to Sky Sports.

“We’re building a fantastic facility, we’ve got some great talent coming into the facility.”

Part of that ‘great talent’ is Mercedes’ head of mechanical engineering Ben Hodgkinson, who has agreed to switch teams.

Red Bull chief Helmut Marko recently claimed “there are also other high-profile figures, whose names I cannot yet give” ready to make the move.

And Horner is excited about what the future holds for his four-time world championship-winning outfit.

“It’s going to be on campus, it’s going to be integrated fully with the chassis side of the business,” Horner added of the engine.

“We’ll be the only team other than Ferrari to have that. And of course what the engine is called is another matter.

“At the moment, there’s no discussions in place. It’s focused on being a Red Bull engine. But you know, of course, that engine could be called anything in the future, but to have it integrated fully into Milton Keynes is tremendously exciting.”

Wolff sparked the Horner jibe by saying: “The arrangement they (Red Bull) have on the IP (intellectual property) side with Honda really makes sense.

“They are taking over the IP from Honda and obviously developing the new power unit into 2025.

“It could stay within Red Bull power units, or it could go to Porsche or Audi. So overall, I think it makes sense what they do.”

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