Toto Wolff Has ‘Zero Interest’ in His F1 Legacy After Mercedes Exit

Published 04/08/2021, 7:50 AM EDT
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – MARCH 12: Mercedes GP Executive Director Toto Wolff smiles as he speaks with members of the media next to St Kilda beach during previews to the Australian Formula One Grand Prix on March 12, 2015 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)


It was the year 2013 when Mercedes made a massive makeover to their outfit by bringing in Williams’ executive director, Toto Wolff, to the team. And ever since the Austrian stepped into the Stuttgart-outfit, positive results started pouring into the team from the very next season.

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A decade has gone by now, and Wolff stands as the most successful team principal of the hybrid era. He witnessed his team lift seven consecutive constructors’ and drivers’ titles over his stay with them.

What’s more, his success is not restricted to just the on-track performances, as he now owns a part of the entire team alongside INEOS and Daimler.

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Hence, it is safe to say that Wolff is starting to create his own legacy in terms of team management. But how far is looking forward to it after retiring altogether?

What did Toto Wolff say?

The Mercedes boss revealed that he gives zero importance to enjoying legacies, as he prefers living in the present and not the past. Furthermore, he opined that a lot of people, who created legacies, have been forgotten by the world as years passed by.

Zero. Zero importance. I live in the now. And I try to be better tomorrow than today. Nobody’s interested in anybody else’s legacy,” he told ‘The High Performance’ podcast.

There are so many people out there that are forgotten once they jump out of the hamster wheel. And you need to just acknowledge that. That’s why today’s important and what somebody else thinks about me has no relevance,” the Austrian investor continued.

Not what’s on the Wikipedia page: Wolff

Wolff revealed that he is hoping his family and friends remember him for his personal contributions to their lives rather than contributions to the “Wikipedia page.”

I hope that my children and my wife and my friends remember that I have added to their life but not what’s on the Wikipedia page,” he said.

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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)

Wolff recently marched his way into his ninth season with the Mercedes F1 team, with their eyes on the trophies, yet again. However, the task has gotten a lot harder than before, as Red Bull are looking a bit quicker than the Silver Arrows.

So, can Wolff use his experience to carry his team over the line for the eighth consecutive time? Well, let’s see what the future holds.

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Rohit Kumar is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. He has been an ardent follower of the racing series since 2007, with his love for the sport coinciding with his love for Kimi Raikkonen. He is also an ardent follower of Sebastian Vettel and Aston Martin Racing.

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