“Our Competitors Will Regret…”: After a Season of Losses, Mercedes Boss Makes Threatening Statement to F1 Rivals

Published 11/17/2022, 5:45 AM EST
Formula One F1 – Belgian Grand Prix – Spa-Francorchamps, Spa, Belgium – August 28, 2021 Mercedes Team Principal Toto Wolff after qualifying Pool via REUTERS/John Thys

Mercedes has had a squalid 2022. After the regulation change that has so drastically changed the sport, the reigning kings of the turbo hybrid era dropped the ball. That being said, Mercedes boss Toto Wolff has come out to claim that their darkest days should be a warning sign for their rivals instead.

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Bloomberg’s ‘Business of Sports‘ docuseries features our own Toto Wolff. During a series of interviews, he opened up about the challenges and philosophy of being a Formula 1 boss. But the biggest learning he’s taken is from the devastating losses.

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He said, “The weekends or the races we lose are the ones that our competitors will regret the most because we learn the most.” The Austrian boss then went on to explain himself. “It’s going to make us better.”

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Wolff has always had a ‘no regrets’ policy to his management. That being said, the boss does have a singular regret, and it pertains to his ex-driver.

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SPA, BELGIUM – AUGUST 25: Toto Wolff and Austria and Mercedes with George Russell of Mercedes and Great Britain and Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes and Great Britain during previews ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Belgium at Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps on August 25, 2022 in Spa, Belgium. (Photo by Peter Fox/Getty Images)

He said, “I thought about it at the end of the race, when he walked in as a 16-year-old with his suit and his tie and his PowerPoint presentation.”

“Obviously Lewis [Hamilton has been there forever], and is the most successful of the ones that have graduated from our junior academy. But six years later, [Russell is] a Grand Prix race winner. We’ve always set hard targets. You’ve got to win GP3, you’ve got to win F2, and he did that in his rookie seasons.”

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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: Ajinkya Aswale

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