Wolff defends decision to block Red Bull engine supply

Toto Wolff says he is unmoved by criticisms he has faced for blocking Red Bull's plans to land Mercedes engines next season.

Although some consideration was given initially by Mercedes to provide engines to its rival, in the end Wolff believed there would be no benefit to the German car manufacturer for going ahead with such a deal.

That move upset Red Bull boss Christian Horner, who openly blamed Wolff's influence for leaving his outfit in a difficult spot.

"Niki Lauda tried his hardest to make it happen and unfortunately Toto was particularly unkeen to see Mercedes power in the back of a Red Bull car," Horner told Motorsport.com recently.

Protecting team

But Wolff says he has no sympathy for Horner nor Red Bull, and says he is happy to take the flak because his sole duty is protecting his own staff.

"This is an opportunistic environment and I was always clear about my opinion," said Wolff in an exclusive interview with Motorsport.com.

"I take it as my main objective to protect the team and its members, and to avoid being dragged into mistakes because of political pressures.

"I understand that sometimes for the benefit of the platform compromise is needed, but if the compromise is detrimental to the team and all the boys and girls here, I will not accept compromise.

"If the consequence of that is that I am being attacked, I will take that. For me the important thing is that the people in the team know why I am doing that.

"I am doing it for us. I I don't care about the others."

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Series Formula 1
Teams Mercedes , Red Bull Racing
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