Toto Wolff Sets Off the Internet With Diplomatic Response to Valtteri Bottas’ ‘Firing’

Published 09/11/2021, 8:02 AM EDT
NORTHAMPTON, ENGLAND: Mercedes GP Executive Director Toto Wolff looks on during practice ahead of the British Formula One Grand Prix at Silverstone Circuit in Northampton, United Kingdom. (Photo by Drew Gibson/Getty Images)


Valtteri Bottas took the fastest qualifying lap around Monza on Friday. After he announced moving to Alfa Romeo next season, this came off as a bit of an amusing situation for Mercedes. Sky F1 journalist Martin Brundle took advantage of the situation; making a snarky remark at Toto Wolff.

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Brundle discussed Bottas‘ race with the team principal as he said, “Will Valtteri play bold? You fired him!” Toto Wolff was taken aback at the choice of words. He replied, “We did what!? No no no we are not firing anybody, we’re never firing people. We find future arrangements that are of benefit to everyone.”

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The overly diplomatic response from Wolff tickled the fans’ funny bones as everyone loved his choice of words.

While Mercedes did not fire Valtteri Bottas, as far as we know, the fans took the opportunity given to them and trolled Wolff’s words.

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The internet reacts

Fans got creative with the Austrian’s response. As Brundle said, maybe it’s time to get the notebooks out for the potential need for such an answer. Some used it in a breakup scenario, where future arrangements are a benefit to everyone.

As the situations rolled in, others credited Wolff for being a great politician; or even better, a mob leader. New titles were soon assigned: Chancellor Wolff, Diplomat Wolff, and Lawyer Toto.

Also, fans roasted Wolff’s confused “we did what!?” Fans furthered the question with “Who is Bottas?” F1 fans are truly hilarious.

Toto Wolff to bring in team orders in Monza

Despite Bottas’ fastest lap, Wolff hints at giving Hamilton preference for the sprint race. Although, this makes sense because Bottas looks to get a grid penalty on Sunday because of a PU change.

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Wolff looks to let Bottas race on his position, yet hints at team orders. “It’s difficult generally when you have to call team orders because all of us are racers and we don’t want to see that. He should be where he is on merit.”

Formula One F1 – Italian Grand Prix – Autodromo Nazionale Monza, Monza, Italy – September 10, 2021 Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas celebrates pole position for the sprint qualifying Pool via REUTERS/Lars Baron

However, looking at the circumstances, Wolff presumed that he may have to let Hamilton get ahead.

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As the first and second driver dilemma continues at Mercedes, Bottas looks to win the sprint. The Finn is determined to keep his position and get the maximum points. Will we hear the infamous, “Valtteri, it’s James,” in Monza?

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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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