Toto Wolff “Worries” Over Mercedes’ F1 Prospects, Claims Technical Director

Published 02/22/2021, 5:00 AM EST
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – MARCH 15: Mercedes GP Executive Director Toto Wolff looks on in the Team Principals Press Conference during practice for the F1 Grand Prix of Australia at Melbourne Grand Prix Circuit in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)


Mercedes are going for their eighth championship title this season and an important key to their domination is the leadership of Toto Wolff. Since the Austrian’s arrival, the team has won every championship in this era.

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Mike Elliott, Mercedes’ technology director, talked about the team’s remarkable success. Highlighting Wolff’s contribution, he spoke about Toto’s hard-working mentality and his strive to constantly improve.

“I think any company is made of its people, that’s where its key strength is, and I think we have a very strong team – not just technically, the morale and the culture is really strong.”

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SPIELBERG, AUSTRIA: Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain driving the (44) Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team Mercedes W11. On track during qualifying for the Formula One Grand Prix of Styria at Red Bull Ring in Spielberg, Austria. (Photo by Dan Istitene – Formula 1/Formula 1 via Getty Images)

“There is a want to work together and I think Toto is an interesting character, he definitely is a glass half-full type of person,” said Elliott.

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Wolff has helped cultivate an environment at Mercedes that created the foundations of the longest domination in Formula 1. Mike Elliott pointed out that there is a reason for that success, a mentality that makes it happen.

“He looks for all the opportunities to improve and develop…and worries.

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“And I think when you look at long-term success, actually long-term success is difficult because gradually the cards get stacked against you and it’s really easy to get concerned and not take risks because you don’t want to lose what you’ve got,” he explained.

MONZA, ITALY: Mercedes GP non-executive chairman Niki Lauda talks with Mercedes GP Executive Director Toto Wolff. In the Pitlane during qualifying for the Formula One Grand Prix of Italy at Autodromo di Monza in Monza, Italy. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

The team is working for their eighth title; however, their eyes are also set on the 2022 season. The new technical regulations can have a significant impact on Mercedes’ domination. Elliott believes the aero regulations are enough to topple them from the top of the table.

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Do you believe Toto Wolff can lead a successful transition into the new era and maintain Mercedes’ domination?

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Ayush Manjunath

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Ayush Manjunath is a Formula 1 author for EssentiallySports with more than 500 articles to his name. A Law graduate and a current Sports Management student, Ayush also has a certificate from UCLA on Sports, Media and Entertainment Management. He has an undying love for motorsports and lives to see Max Verstappen, George Russell, Charles Leclerc, and Lando Norris battle for the championship one day!

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