As rumors about a spat between Toto Wolff and Mercedes F1 increase many people are speculating where he will go next. Lawrence Stroll’s Aston Martin works team looks like the obvious choice but what if he gets an opportunity beyond the grid. How about the top job at the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile.
The FIA is currently headed by Ex- Ferrari boss Jean Todt. And it was announced last month that he won’t be standing for re-election in 2021 so the post is up for grabs. And we think that Wolff can be the idle candidate for the job.
In 2009, Wolff purchased a portion of the Williams Formula One Team. And joined the top managerial staff. He was named the executive director of Williams F1 and the group took its last race win under his command.
In January 2013, Wolff left Williams F1 to become an executive partner of the Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team. In addition to joining the group, he also bought 30% of Mercedes-Benz Grand Prix Ltd. With a further 10% held by Niki Lauda and 60% by the parent organization.
As co-owner of both WilliamsF1 and Mercedes F1, Wolff commended various platforms and triumphs for the two teams. For example, a 1–2–3–4 finish at Spielberg, Austria in his ‘home race’, and at Monza, Italy, in both Qualifying and Race.
In 2019, Mercedes won its sixth back to back World championship title under Wolff. Breaking the record set by Ferrari from 2000 to 2004. Wolff’s accomplishments were well received and he was awarded at multiple FIA events.
He successfully managed the highly competitive teammates, Rosberg and Hamilton. And Toto has managed to keep a world-class driver like Lewis Hamilton under control. Additionally, He successfully managed Hamilton’s contract negotiations.
Thus proving that he is a master in dealing with uncomfortable situations. These qualities can come in handy as the FIA boss.
Currently, the FIA and Formula 1 are dominant by Ex-Ferrari managers. Both FIA head Jean Todt and Formula 1 MD Ross Brawn are ex-Ferrari. Scuderia Ferrari enjoys special power in Formula 1 and is often accused of getting away with things because of the connections. So maybe its time for a non-Ferrari person to take the top seat.
In conclusion, If Toto Wolff decides to part ways with Mercedes F1 at the end of 2020. And decides against joining the Aston Martin F1 team for a much broader role he could be a serious contender for the top job at FIA.