Yesterday, TJ13 were one of the first websites to report on a huge story emerging from Germany, started by F1 Insider and Autobild veteran journalist Ralph Bach – Mercedes AMG F1 team boss Toto Wolff would step down and Mercedes would likely cease to be a works team, potentially becoming Aston Martin Racing.
According to Ralph Bach of F1-Insider , Toto Wolff will resign from his operational role at the head of the factory team after the end of his contract and switch to the team’s supervisory board, in a similar manner to Niki Lauda’s role previously.
Further, not only Bach reported this story but Germany’s other news outlets such as Motorsport Total, afflicted with the global motorsport.com network, joined in with the story adding their information into the mix READ MORE ON THIS STORY HERE.
Yesterday, Daimler felt the need to respond to these stories going viral across the internet, but certainly did so in a rather murky fashion. Reported by handelsblatt.com, Daimler spokesman Joerg Howe told the German Press Agency on Thursday: “There is no decision and no reason to withdraw from Formula 1”.
Mercedes too joined the rhetoric saying “We have no intention of withdrawing from Formula 1”
Howe then speaks of Wolff and his position considering he is out of contract by the end of this year, confirming:
“Toto is and will remain our team boss – beyond the season”,
This is hardly a denial however, as the story started in Germany states that the team will remain in Formula 1 but is likely to be rebranded as Aston Martin Racing, something TJ13 reported on way back in January this year. Therefore, Mercedes would remain in F1, albeit as an engine manufacturer.
Further, if Bach’s story remains true, then Wolff is very likely to step down as MERCEDES team boss, but remaining within the team as a senior manager.
No doubt further information on this crazy story will reveal itself, keep up to date with the latest and subscribe to TJ13.
.@MercedesBenz and @AstonMartin are discussing a complex @F1 deal that would end @Daimler's factory commitment in its current form, see Canadian Lawrence Stroll take over part of @MercedesAMGF1, and see Toto Wolff leave his current role, per @AutoBild.
— Adam Stern (@A_S12) May 28, 2020