Red Bull boss Christian Horner advised Toto Wolff ought to mind his own business after the Mercedes principal speculated about his Formula One rivals presumably getting collectively with Volkswagen’s Audi or Porsche manufacturers.
“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 informed Sky Sports on the Portuguese Grand Prix on Friday.
Wolff earlier stated it was no secret the Volkswagen Group was Formula One and a link-up with Red Bull was ‘logical’.
Red Bull is powered by Honda at current however the Japanese producer is leaving on the finish of this 12 months and handing over its engine expertise to Red Bull for it to produce its own energy unit.
Formula One is planning to introduce a brand new engine from 2025 and producers not presently concerned are retaining an in depth eye on the eventual specification.
“The arrangement they (Red Bull) have on the IP (intellectual property) side with Honda really makes sense,” stated Wolff.
“They are taking over the IP from Honda and obviously developing the new power unit into 2025.
“It might keep inside Red Bull energy models, or it might go to Porsche or Audi. So total, I believe it is smart what they do.”
Red Bull and Volkswagen labored collectively in rallying earlier than the German producer introduced final 12 months it was pulling out of motorsport.
“It’s simply logical that they (VW) are going to have a look at a relationship with Red Bull,” said Wolff, whose team have won the last seven drivers’ and constructors’ world championships but face a tough challenge from Red Bull this year.
Horner said there were currently “no discussions in place” about what its future engine might be branded.
Red Bull last week announced it had hired Ben Hodgkinson, head of mechanical engineering at British-based Mercedes AMG High Performance Powertrain, as technical director of their new engine company.
“I suppose it was anticipated that this is able to occur and that is only a battleground such because the one on monitor,” stated Wolff of the transfer.