Toto Wolff and Christian Horner in an awkward photo of the F1 dinner

Mercedes chief Toto Wolff and Red Bull’s Christian Horner have a rocky relationship to say the least and were pictured sitting as far apart as possible at a Formula 1 dinner.

The two team leaders have been at loggerheads numerous times over the past two seasons, with Netflix’s Drive To Survive series offering a deeper look at the clashes between the two.

So far in 2022, the two have not had to face each other at any time, with Mercedes struggling to find their rhythm so far this term, but there is always the risk that things will boil over when the pair is in the same room. . So it’s not too surprising that they choose to go their separate ways when away from the track, although there are several occasions during the season when they will have to share the same bedroom.

That was indeed the case ahead of the Emilia-Romagna Grand Prix, with the crew chiefs of nine Formula 1 teams and Formula 1 CEO Stefano Domenicali all attending a dinner on Friday evening – the only absent being Aston Martin’s Mike Krack.

Amusingly, Wolff and Horner positioned themselves in seats for the meal as far apart as possible – with Domenicali in a prime position to step in should any disagreements arise.

Fans noticed the big distance between the two, with one writing, “Why are Christian and Toto so far apart, did they break up?”

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Toto Wolff and Christian Horner couldn’t have sat further at Formula 1 dinner

Others noticed the outfit of McLaren’s Zak Brown, who apparently broke the trend of wearing no team attire to dinner after attending his team’s orange colors and compared the image to the Formula 1 version of the Last Supper.

Aston Martin’s absence was due to the difficulties the team faced over the weekend, with their team principal instead staying at Imola to prepare for Saturday’s Sprint and Sunday’s race.

The Emilia-Romagna Grand Prix sees the first of three Sprints in 2022, with Max Verstappen on pole position ahead of Charles Leclerc in second, Lando Norris in third and Kevin Magnussen de Haas in fourth.

Jack C. Nugent