“Family Comes First” – Toto Wolff Explains the Dynamics of the Wolff Pack

Published 09/08/2021, 3:58 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Bahrain Grand Prix – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – March 27, 2021 Mercedes Team Principal Toto Wolff before practice REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed


Toto Wolff has been a relentless team boss at Mercedes F1. The CEO has had a lot on his plate this season, with the championship battle and ongoing 2022 mandates. However, life in the fast lane tends to be just as rapid, and Susie Wolff is no stranger to it. Together, the Wolffs share their secrets on having a balanced life off the race track.

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While both may be team bosses in their own way, Susie Wolff is the leader of the pack. Prioritizing family ahead of their careers, the Wolffs spend time together to perform better at work. “Of course it’s not easy, but we have to make it. It is important to set priorities,” Susie explained. Toto makes it clear, “If you can’t get the balance right, you’ll burn out.”

MARRAKESH, MOROCCO – FEBRUARY 29: Susie Wolff and Toto Wolff attend The ABB FIA Formula E Mad Hatters Moroccan Tea Party in celebration of the 2020 Marrakesh E-Prix at the Hotel Amanjena on February 29, 2020 in Marrakesh, Morocco. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images for Formula E)

With racing in their blood, Wolff explained the dynamics of the motorsport couple. “Susie is the system maintainer of the Wolff family. We are very lucky because we are very similar in terms of characters and tasks.

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“The family comes first, and then comes the job. But this common field of interest, motorsport, is what we’ve always done. That’s why people talk about it at dinner. The mix of both makes it.”

Toto Wolff is as proud as ever

The couple worked in Formula E, as they headed different teams. Toto headed Mercedes EQ while Susie was team principal at Venturi Racing. The final race in Berlin was bittersweet for the duo. Mercedes‘ Nyck de Vries brought home the double championship, while Norman Nato from Venturi took the race win.

Although Wolff had much to celebrate, he was more thrilled about his wife’s success. He described the special moment he saw her on the Formula E podium. “When I saw Susie on the podium with the trophy in Berlin, I was more happy than if I had stood there.”

Creating ripples of change in the industry, the Austrian delighted at his wife for breaking the glass ceiling. “Susie is the first female team boss to win a World Championship race. This shows that even a mother can achieve the balance if there is a balanced family. And that’s it with us. That’s why I go to their races not only as a Mercedes boss but also as a husband who supports them.”

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In a sweet sentiment, Wolff credits Susie for his success thus far. “Our marriage is the basis for our professional success. Without her, I would never have achieved what we have achieved in the past few years.”

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With the stresses of the driver market and a demanding championship battle, Wolff would need all the support he can from Susie. Only nine rounds left; the competition for the title is as tight as ever.

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Shreya Sanjeev

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Shreya Sanjeev is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Having attained a journalism degree from St Xavier's College, she finds comfort in the sound of her keyboard while typing and excitement in the sound of F1 cars speeding on a track. A street circuit and Daniel Ricciardo fan through and through, Shreya claims the 2018 Monaco GP to be one of her favorite races of all time.

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