Toto Wolff Explains Motivation Behind Mercedes Contract Renewal: “I’m Not Going to Sell Out”

Published 03/09/2021, 2:32 AM EST
WOLFF Toto (aut), Team Principal & CEO Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 W11, portrait during the Formula 1 Winter Tests at Circuit de Barcelona – Catalunya in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Xavier Bonilla/NurPhoto via Getty Images)


Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff has been one of the key cogs in the wheel of an immense juggernaut that continues to run riot in F1. But having dominated the sport’s landscape for so long, speculation continued to persist around Wolff’s future last year.

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The rumors got even more intense when there were indications that he could leave Mercedes altogether. However, that no longer seems to be the case after his contract renewal, and so the 49-year-old has elaborated on his motivation to stay and help the defending champions.

Wolff stated, “I spent a year thinking about it. I decided that I love the connection to the people.”

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Came to the conclusion that this is what I want to do, said Toto Wolff

“I enjoy developing the organisation further, staying successful in Formula 1, not taking anything for granted and having any kind of self-entitlement, building our engineering arm Mercedes-Benz Applied Science.”

SOCHI, RUSSIA: Valtteri Bottas of Finland driving the (77) Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team Mercedes W11 on track during the F1 Grand Prix of Russia at Sochi Autodrom in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)

Mercedes, much like all other F1 teams, will enter into a new era of racing with the 2022 technical regulations. This is possibly where the team would need Wolff the most, with his technical expertise and shrewd decision-making skills.

He continued, “Over a year I came to the conclusion that this is what I want to do. And decided that I’m not going to sell out, but I’m going to stay in as a shareholder.”

Mercedes have won seven Constructors’ titles under his leadership

Wolff entered the German manufacturer’s team’s fold back in 2013. At that time, the entire management shared a common vision of elevating the F1 outfit’s reputation and achieving success.

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SUZUKA, JAPAN – OCTOBER 13: Race winner Valtteri Bottas of Finland and Mercedes GP celebrates with Mercedes GP Executive Director Toto Wolff after the F1 Grand Prix of Japan at Suzuka Circuit in Suzuka, Japan. (Photo by Charles Coates/Getty Images)

But such has been their dominance in the turbo-hybrid era that they have swept all titles on offer. Both drivers Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas have also acknowledged and credited Wolff’s contributions in this golden run of theirs.

Tthere may come a time when Wolff moves on from his current position and takes over a higher role within the team. But in the present-day scenario, he is going nowhere, and will continue to be an effervescent presence in the F1 paddock that he has been for several years now.

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Hailing from Bengaluru, Bhargav is an F1 and NASCAR author for EssentiallySports. He is a huge fan of Max Verstappen and Red Bull Racing. Bhargav also has an MBA in Sports Management from the Symbiosis School of Sports Sciences, Pune.

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