‘The Media Saw it That Way’- Toto Wolff Explains Delay in Confirming New Mercedes F1 Deal

Published 12/19/2020, 12:50 AM EST
Formula One F1 – Turkish Grand Prix – Istanbul Park, Istanbul, Turkey – Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton celebrates on the podium with team principle Toto Wolff after winning the race and the world championship Pool via REUTERS/Clive Mason


Mercedes confirmed earlier today that Toto Wolff will stay on with the team. He will stick by Mercedes for another 3 years as a part of the new deal. Toto will also have the opportunity to transition into a new executive function within the organization if he decides so.

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Wolff has played a significant role in the success of Mercedes during the hybrid era. He arrived at the team in 2013 and since the following year has won every single Constructors’ and Drivers’ Championship title.

As a part of the new deal, it was also announced that Mercedes’ principal partner INEOS will own a one-third stake in the Formula 1 team. Meanwhile, Wolff discussed what took so long to confirm his future at the team.

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He said, “It’s simple, we were busy by running our businesses. I was busy in trying to win the championship. In that respect, it wasn’t a priority, an imminent priority. I know that the media saw it that way, but for us it was always clear that it is gonna happen.”

Toto Wolff lays out his commitment to Mercedes

Toto Wolff has become the most successful constructor on the grid with Mercedes. They have dominated the year and broken several records, and then some. In the Twitter video, he also explained his commitment to the team.

Formula One F1 – Bahrain Grand Prix – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton celebrates with an award after qualifying in pole position Pool via REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed

He said, “I was always committed to Mercedes. I can’t imagine myself being involved in Formula 1 in any other car company.

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“We’ve just grown together, it’s the connection that I made in the team. We know each other for more than ten years and I think over such a long period of time, you start to trust each other,” he further added.

Mercedes have also been working towards finalizing a new contract deal with Lewis Hamilton. The pair had a phenomenal season and will hope to continue their form to the next season. 2021 could be another record-breaking season for both Hamilton and Mercedes.

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