Toto Wolff Quotes Baseball Legend Babe Ruth to Demonstrate Mercedes’ Relentless F1 Drive

Published 06/03/2021, 2:32 AM EDT
BARCELONA, SPAIN – Mercedes GP Executive Director Toto Wolff looks on from the garage during day one of Formula 1 Winter Testing at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Charles Coates/Getty Images)


Mercedes have been the most dominant team on the Formula One grid ever since the dawn of the turbo-hybrid era in 2014. They ve won seven consecutive constructors’ and seven drivers’ titles, courtesy of Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg. While he is surely proud of their track record so far, team principal Toto Wolff believes that what’s gone is gone and wants to focus on the future.

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

The Austrian team boss approaches his team’s functioning guided by a quote from George Herman “Babe” Ruth Jr, an American baseball legend.

Mercedes adopting the mentality of the greatest baseball player

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

As quoted by GPFans, Wolff said, “It is quite interesting. It is something that I read from a famous baseball coach: ‘Yesterday’s home run doesn’t win you today’s game’. That is very much true.

“We are trying with simple actions to forget about the success of the past few years. Every point goes to zero and you can build upon the organisation but as everything starts from new, you have to earn your laurels again.

Formula One F1 – Monaco Grand Prix – Circuit de Monaco, Monte Carlo, Monaco – Mercedes Executive Director Toto Wolff in the FIA Press Conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS

“We do this by basically eliminating all relics of the past, all trophies, everything that shows us that we have won seven consecutive championships because you cannot rely on that,” Wolff concluded.

Watch Story: From Cristiano Ronaldo to Shaquille O’Neal When Non-F1 Athletes Mingled with Lewis Hamilton & Co. on Track

Can the Silver Arrows bounce back in Baku?

The Brackley-based squad had a disastrous weekend at the recent Monaco Grand Prix. It was the first time this season that none of the drivers made it onto the podium or even into the top five of a race.

During the qualifying rounds of the race, Hamilton only managed to secure a seventh-place start, while his teammate, Valtteri Bottas was starting in third. However, things went from bad to worse for the Finn, as a botched pit stop made him retire from the race. Lewis, on the other hand, to settle for seventh place finish, losing out on major points.

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

Formula One F1 – Monaco Grand Prix – Circuit de Monaco, Monte Carlo, Monaco – May 23, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton in action during the race REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes

With the sixth round of the championship right around the corner, the Silver Arrows are hoping to redeem themselves by winning the Azerbaijan Grand Prix this coming weekend.

Do you think they have learned from their mistakes at Monte Carlo and can achieve a good result in the streets of Baku? Let us know in the comments below.

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

DIVE DEEPER

Toto Wolff: Everything We Know About His Wife, Children and Personal Life

about 1 year ago

SHARE THIS ARTICLE :

Arpit Gomes

479 articles

Arpit Gomes is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing his Journalism degree from Xavier’s Institute, he is a big fan of McLaren and their driver Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo. Arpit always looks forward to the paddock moving to Spa and drivers dealing with the exciting Eau Rouge corner as well the straight at Monza.

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT