“How It Feels To Be Alive” – Mercedes F1 Boss Reflects on a Bittersweet 2021 in New Year’s Wish to Fans

Published 12/30/2021, 10:16 AM EST
Formula One F1- Saudi Arabian Grand Prix – Jeddah Corniche Circuit, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia – December 5, 2021 Mercedes’ Team Principal Toto Wolff is seen during the race Pool via REUTERS/Andrej Isakovic


Mercedes won their 8th consecutive constructors’ championship in 2021. They are the only team to win the constructors’ championship since the beginning of the Turbo-Hybrid era. Just before rounding off another successful year for the team, Toto Wolff wished everyone a happy new year.

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The German team took to social media to share a message from Wolff wishing everyone for the new year. Wolff acknowledged that the year has been a roller-coaster but a successful one for the team.

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“Hi everyone. So this is a wrap. 2021 is finished. There were some highs, some lows and some glories, some drama. But in the end, this is how it feels to be alive. So I wish you a wonderful New Year’s eve and a happy 2022. Onwards and upwards,” said Wolff.

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I don’t think we will ever come over it: Mercedes boss Toto Wolff

As reported by Express, the Austrian is still recovering from the heartbreaking season finale in Abu Dhabi. On the last lap of the race, Max Verstappen passed Lewis Hamilton to win the drivers’ championship. Wolff mentioned that he and Hamilton will never get over the events.

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“It’s going to take a long time for us to digest what has happened on Sunday. I don’t think we will ever come over it; that’s not possible. And certainly not him [Hamilton] as a driver,” said Wolff.

Formula One F1 – Bahrain Grand Prix – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – Mercedes’ Team Principal Toto Wolff during the press conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS – THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVES

“I would very much hope the two of us and the rest of the team, we can work through the events… But he will never overcome the pain and the distress that was caused on Sunday,” concluded the Mercedes team boss.

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The disappointment of losing out on the drivers’ championship has really hurt the Austrian. But hopefully both he and Hamilton can bounce back to challenge for the title again in 2022.

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Devang Chauhan is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Having completed his graduation in Journalism and Mass Communication, he has a keen eye for writing engaging and detailed articles on F1. Previously a writer for Sports Social's 'Chase Your Sport' Magazine, Devang has been an ardent follower of the sport for over a decade and has attended two editions of the Indian Grand Prix.

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