‘Zak Is a Big Part of the Mercedes Family’ – Toto Wolff Clears the Air After ‘Spreading Sh*t’ Taunt

Toto Wolff is the man in charge of Mercedes. He has taken the Brackley-based team to seven world titles and aims for the eighth one in 2021. However, he feels that his “colleagues” on the grid trash talk too much to each other, especially Zak Brown and Christian Horner.

Zak Brown is the man leading McLaren, while Horner is in charge of Red Bull. They had a tough battle last year, but Mercedes came out on top, while McLaren and Red Bull had to settle for third and second place, respectively.

In 2021, Brown‘s team, McLaren currently sits in third place with 18 points, courtesy of Lando Norris and Ricciardo. While the Silver Arrows enjoyed a double podium and brought home 41 points to the team and lead in the constructor’s standings.

Toto Wolff clarifies his comments on Brown

In an interview with Osterreich,  Toto allegedly said, “Brown is like Christian Horner. They just spread sh*t. I don’t care.” Wolff further clarified that it got lost in translation. He added, “I have respect for both of them. That was totally misquoted, and I think it got literally lost in translation.”


MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – MARCH 15: Mercedes GP Executive Director Toto Wolff looks on in the Team Principals Press Conference during practice for the F1 Grand Prix of Australia at Melbourne Grand Prix Circuit in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

“I said, ‘they give each other shit a lot’, and the way it was quoted is ‘they talk shit’, which is not quite the same. Zak is a big part of the Mercedes family and a friend. With all the banter that we have between us. It’s not something that I would accuse him of,” Wolff concluded.

Can McLaren use Mercedes’s power unit against them?

In the 2021 season, the Woking-based out shifted to the German manufacturer’s power unit. They were already impressive in Bahrain and on Sunday’s race Norris finished in 4th while Ricciardo came 7th with damage done to his car.

Formula One F1 – Bahrain Grand Prix – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – March 28, 2021 McLaren’s Lando Norris in action during the race REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed

Now they wait for the race in Imola for the Italian Grand Prix. Can the papaya team use Mercedes‘s own power against them and come out on top? We can only speculate until the lights go out. Do you think McLaren can defeat the seven-time champion Mercedes in 2021? Lets us know in the comments below.

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