Christian Horner takes aim at Toto Wolff over Lewis Hamilton Mercedes success

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Wolff left his role with Williams in 2013 to join Mercedes after Norbert Haug had departed the Silver Arrows.

Hamilton joined the Brackley-based team in the same year after winning his first F1 title with McLaren in 2008.

The Briton has gone on to win another six titles during his time with Mercedes, including four in a row between 2017 and 2020.

Wolff has clearly played a part in Hamilton’s triumphs over the last nine years.

But Horner has insisted that Mercedes already had everything in place to guarantee success before Wolff arrived.

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But victory was cruelly snatched away from the Stevenage-born ace after title-rival Max Verstappen was allowed to pull level with him for a one-lap shootout following a late safety car period.

And Verstappen stormed to race victory to win the F1 title for the first time.

Mercedes did manage to secure the Constructors’ Championship, however, as they won the prize for the eighth consecutive time.

The teams are set to up the ante once again this year as they prepare for the start of the new F1 season.

The second round of pre-season testing will take place later this week in Bahrain, before the country plays host to the opening Grand Prix of the season next weekend.



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