Wolff Hints at Continuing As Mercedes Team Principal But Warns He Could Get “Too Bored”

Published 11/10/2020, 1:45 AM EST
NUERBURG, GERMANY – Mercedes GP Executive Director Toto Wolff talks in the Team Principals Press Conference during practice ahead of the F1 Eifel Grand Prix at Nuerburgring in Nuerburg, Germany. (Photo by Joe Portlock/Getty Images)


In what could be an interesting turn in developments, Mercedes boss Toto Wolff might stay with the team after all. He might just stay as a proper team principal, instead of another role at the company.

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This comes as a surprise, because the belief was that Wolff would take on a higher position within Mercedes. After the Emilia Romagna GP, he had even stated that he had a successor in mind.

But if one is to believe this piece of latest news, then Wolff might well retain the hot seat. And considering he has already led them to so much success, it will be an enormous boost for Mercedes.

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Toto Wolff thinks he will stay for a “year or so” as team principal

Wolff is quoted by Motorsport-Total as saying, “I think I’ll stay for a year or so. I think the next two years will be really good years, with an interesting situation. As long as I enjoy it, I’ll do it.”

“It can of course also turn out like Niki did in Montreal 40 years ago: You wake up one day and think to yourself, now I’m too bored.” concluded Wolff in his comments. (translated via Google Translate)

Formula One F1 – Portuguese Grand Prix – Algarve International Circuit, Portimao, Portugal – Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc and Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas during practice Armando Franca/Pool via REUTERS

His contract, which expires at the end of this season, has been a continual talking point. But Wolff was always focused towards attaining the targets set for him by the team, before delving into any contract talks. 

Now with the title win at Imola last week, it gives the Austrian the requisite time to conduct negotiations. And maybe see him stick on with his current designation, for a short period of few years.

The secret to Mercedes’ success has been their core dream team

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It could then be a situation of not trying to fix something when it is not broken. Wolff, who has headed a successful Mercedes team ever since the turbo hybrid era came in, might have also realized this.

Formula One F1 – Emilia Romagna Grand Prix – Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari, Imola, Italy – Race winner Lewis Hamilton poses for a photo with Mercedes team members as they celebrate winning the constructors championships Pool via Reuters/Luca Bruno

There is also the factor of working with incredibly talented drivers and people at the team. Both Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas, have been the key enforcers on the track which has led to this dominance.

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From that perspective, Wolff finds satisfaction in doing what he absolutely loves. And as a new decade of racing ushers in, Mercedes will hope he can mark a brilliant 2021 on similar winning lines.

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Bhargav Gopal

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Hailing from Bengaluru, Bhargav is an F1 and NASCAR author for EssentiallySports. He is a huge fan of Max Verstappen and Red Bull Racing. Bhargav also has an MBA in Sports Management from the Symbiosis School of Sports Sciences, Pune.

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