F1 Qatar Grand Prix LIVE: Bottas leads, Verstappen & Hamilton neck and neck


Panto season came early in Doha after Red Bull boss Christian Horner and Merc boss Toto Wolff bickered like a pair of ugly sisters.

It came after a FIVE DAY rendition of ‘oh yes he did..’ ended with the FIA deciding that ‘oh, not he didn’t’ with regards to Max Verstappen illegally forcing Lewis Hamilton off track in Brazil.

Mercedes’ request for a right to review was turned down by the stewards as the Qatar GP turned into a right old carry on.

And it sparked a bitter fall out between Horner and Wolff on stage, with the Red Bull chief taunting his rival.

When quizzed about their relationship, Horner said: “There is no relationship.

“This is the first time they have been challenged and it is interesting to see how people react when they are challenged.

“Relationships and respect are different things, there is respect for everything Mercedes have done, everything Lewis Hamilton has done.

“I don’t need to go to dinner with Toto, I don’t need to kiss his a***. It is a competition, it is great that we are in this position and fighting.

“Toto and I are very different characters and operate in different ways.

“Am going to be spending Christmas with Toto? Probably not…Unless you’re in panto this year, I might take the kids!

“From my perspective it is F1, you don’t have to be best mates with your opponents. How can you be?

“It would be dishonest in many respects to fake a facade when you’re competing against your rivals.”

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