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SPIELBERG,AUSTRIA,03.JUL.16 - MOTORSPORTS, FORMULA 1 - Grand Prix of Austria, Red Bull Ring. Image shows team principal Christian Horner (Red Bull Racing) and executive director Toto Wolff (Mercedes GP)

Horner: Wolff has no right to tell Max how he should drive

SPIELBERG,AUSTRIA,03.JUL.16 - MOTORSPORTS, FORMULA 1 - Grand Prix of Austria, Red Bull Ring. Image shows team principal Christian Horner (Red Bull Racing) and executive director Toto Wolff (Mercedes GP)

Toto Wolff’s phone call to Jos Verstappen, regarding his son Max’s aggressive driving, launched much heated debate and discussion in the Interlagos paddock, while Red Bull see it as Mercedes interfering where they should not be doing so.

When asked for his opinion regarding the phone call, Red Bull team principal Christian Horner was adamnant, “It’s totally wrong. They’ve got their own business. To be meddling in other teams. Maybe he does that with Ferrari, but he shouldn’t do it.”

“He’s got no right to tell Max how he should drive and conduct himself. Max is doing a great job in Formula 1 and he’s employed by us to do the best he can in the races. That’s not to wave a Mercedes through or not race it. I think Toto showed a certain naivety or arrogance to be calling a competitor team’s driver’s father,” added Horner.

Verstappen said the call to his father by Wolff was “a private call” that had been “a bit blown up” since it weas made.

Nevertheless the teenager was asked if the call surprised him, “Maybe a little bit. I think Toto is a nice person. It was just [giving an opinion] from his side”.

But Horner expects no change in approach from his driver, “He’s his own man, his own person. Since he’s driven for our team, bar one incident in Monaco, he’s not put a wheel wrong all year.”

“I’d rather encourage him to keep doing what he’s doing than to change his approach. That’s probably why he’s the most exciting driver in Formula 1 at the moment, and why there’s so much interest in him,” ventured Horner.