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Schumacher Believes Toto Wolff’s Exit Could Trigger Bad Domino Effect at Mercedes F1

Schumacher Believes Toto Wolff’s Exit Could Trigger Bad Domino Effect at Mercedes F1

Dynastic dominance is a short phrase that best describes Mercedes’ presence in F1. Since joining the paddock in 2010 as a full constructor, they have swept across and claimed many a titles and podiums.

The quote “the driver is as good as the team” is probably best expressive of Lewis Hamilton’s enormous collection of accolades he has amassed over the years.

But will the champagne continue to flow if some key personalities were to part ways with the Brackley-based outfit? And what consequence could that have on the rest of the F1 grid?

Schumacher believes unity of key figures is the reason behind Mercedes’ dominance

Having a capable core team that can constantly innovate and shares the same goals of winning is quite important. In that regard, the likes of Toto Wolff, James Allison, James Vowles, Andy Cowell and Peter Bonnington hold crucial roles at Mercedes.

Ralf Schumacher was quoted as saying, “They represent the success of the dominant Formula 1 team. But how long will they stay with Mercedes? Each of you has good offers.

Lewis Hamilton and Peter Bonnington at the Portuguese GP podium
Formula One F1 – Portuguese Grand Prix – Algarve International Circuit, Portimao, Portugal – Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton celebrates winning the race on the podium with Mercedes race engineer Peter Bonnington Pool via REUTERS/Jose Sena Goulao

“Andy Cowell, for example, has already announced his departure. A great loss. Maybe others want to realize themselves differently. A change is also becoming apparent at Toto.” (translated by Google Translate)

One will argue that the company is stronger than the personnel it recruits. And that Mercedes can still continue to dominate provided they bring in replacements of similar stature.

The rest of F1 could see this as a chance to get back on top

What would be interesting to see is how the other Formula 1 teams would react, should Mercedes face a loss of important personalities.

In any case, teams are looking forward to the 2022 technical regulations as a chance to start afresh. And perhaps even challenge the champions.

Mercedes drivers Valtteri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton during the Portuguese GP
Formula One F1 – Portuguese Grand Prix – Algarve International Circuit, Portimao, Portugal – Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton in action during the race Pool via REUTERS/Jose Sena Goulao

“The loss of these key figures would or will certainly weaken Mercedes. That could be the competition’s chance to get to the top and break this incredible streak of success,” concludes Schumacher in his remarks.  (translated from Google Translate)

It has, however, been a relatively straightforward season for Mercedes this time around. They have been largely uninterrupted in their bid to seal a 7th Constructors’ title. And as it stands, another front row finish will see them claim success.

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