Before Breaking the Glass Ceiling, Susie Wolff Revealed Mercedes F1 Boss Toto Wolff As the Secret to Her Historic Success

Published 11/29/2022, 12:00 PM EST

Formula 1 is the pinnacle of open-wheeled single-seater racing. And at its zenith, with unprecedented success, sits Toto Wolff. The Austrian boss revolutionized the sport with Mercedes winning 8 consecutive Constructors’ Championships and 7 Driver’s Championships during the famed turbo-hybrid era of F1.

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In doing so, he has also helped the world of Formula E flourish. While he was setting the world of F1 ablaze in his role as CEO and team principal of Mercedes, his wife, Susie Wolff was finding her feet and breaking stereotypes as a team principal in Formula E. And in her words, she has a lot of that success to credit to her husband.

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While talking to Julius Baer about her struggles as a team principal, she credited her success to Wolff. She said, “There was lots of learning to be done, but thankfully I had watched my husband in a very successful role at Mercedes and I could learn a lot from him and I felt ready to take on the challenge, and most certainly it’s its been a challenge that I’ve relished.”

Susie Wolff has admitted to the pearls of management wisdom that Toto Wolff bestowed upon her. That being said, the Austrian was forthcoming in a recent podcast about the one thing he values the most about his management technique.

Toto Wolff reveals the one management technique that has helped him achieve everything with Mercedes

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Toto Wolff has been at the helm of one of the most successfully dominant teams in the history of the sport. That being said, the path to victory in Formula 1 is never easy, even when you’re the one who’s dominating. With a target on their backs ever since 2014, Wolff has now revealed one top tip that he keeps closest to himself.

Toto Wolff AUT, Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team, 63 George Russell GBR, Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team, F1 Grand Prix of Abu Dhabi at Yas Marina Circuit on November 17, 2022 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Photo by HOCH ZWEI Abu Dhabi United Arab Emirates *** Toto Wolff AUT, Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team , 63 George Russell GBR, Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team , F1 Grand Prix of Abu Dhabi at Yas Marina Circuit on November 17, 2022 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates Photo by HOCH ZWEI Abu Dhabi United Arab Emirates

While on the Performance People podcast, he explained, “The most important thing is to be authentic in the way you act and be true to yourself. Because if you’re not authentic, and you’re trying to pretend to do things a certain way, people will feel that.”

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With Toto Wolff still at the helm of Mercedes, can the Silver Arrows come back with a fighting chance in 2023 after their 2022 woes?

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Anirban Aly Mandal

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Anirban Aly Mandal is a Formula 1 Author at EssentiallySports. In his pursuit for a Bachelor's degree in Law from Symbiosis Law School, he has written multiple academic papers centered around the domain of motorsports. Not only that, but due to his love for F1, he aims to work as a legal advisor in the most prestigious racing series in the world some day.

Edited By: Ranvijay Singh

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