Toto Wolff Credits ‘Top Young Guys’ of F1 for Keeping the Sport Interesting

Published 09/08/2021, 7:40 AM EDT
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


Toto Wolff has just signed George Russell to partner Lewis Hamilton for the 2022 season. Russell could be the next world champion for Mercedes; bringing in a lot of potential as a 23-year-old. At the IIA21 conference, Wolff discussed the influx of new drivers to Formula 1.

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Wolff referred to the Netflix show, Drive to Survive. By providing an in-depth behind-the-scenes storyline, Netflix has attracted more fans to the sport. Wolff credits the viewership to the young drivers. “We can see the new generation of drivers coming up, this is why the Netflix show is also such a success. Every good team is going to have one of the top young guys and that will be interesting to follow.”

Formula One F1 – British Grand Prix – Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone, Britain – July 18, 2021 Williams’ George Russell during the race REUTERS/Peter Cziborra

The fan bases and the addition of F1 to popular culture have definitely been due to the drivers on the show. Especially when it comes to drivers like George Russell, Lando Norris, and Charles Leclerc, to name a few; the popularity of the sport has increased. Not only are these drivers charismatic, but also prove themselves as sportsmen.

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The drama, the cars, and the overall action only add to the various personalities of the drivers; making the show so much more interesting.

Toto Wolff signs his rising star

Although the decision leading to George Russell’s seat was a difficult one, in the long run, it may have been the right one. The all- Brit lineup shows a lot of promise. Wolff said, “He has been a winner in every racing category–and the past three seasons with Williams have given us a taste of what the future could hold for him in F1.”

Formula One F1 – Belgian Grand Prix – Spa-Francorchamps, Spa, Belgium – August 28, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton and Williams’ George Russell celebrate after finishing third and second in qualifying Pool via REUTERS/John Thys

After four and a half years with Bottas, the shift is going to be difficult for the Silver Arrows. Nonetheless, the boss believes that with time, the results will be there. “Now, it is our challenge together to help him continue learning within our environment and alongside Lewis, the greatest F1 driver of all time.”

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“I am confident that as their relationship grows, they will form a strong team and deliver for Mercedes on and off the track in the years ahead.”

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Having signed Russell, Wolff looks to refocus to the 2021 season. The battle isn’t over yet as Mercedes is fightinng a tough battle with Red Bull. In the nine rounds left, Bottas and Lewis will look to bag the 8th title for the team.

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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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