The current director of the Mercedes F1 team, Toto Wolff, says he already knows the identity of his successor at the head of the seven-time world champion Formula 1 team.
Just after winning a seventh constructors’ title this Sunday at the Emilia-Romagna Grand Prix, Mercedes team director Toto Wolff told the media that he had already identified the person capable of replacing him in his position for the years to come.
The Austrian has been making no secret for several months that he wants to step back, although he has still not signed a new contract with his employer, not being sure of the role he would like to play in F1 in the future.
“It’s just great, and this afternoon is just the culmination of everything, a lot of blood, sweat and tears behind closed doors. A lot of sacrifices that are not always so visible. ” said Wolff at his team’s celebration after winning a seventh title.
“But what stands out is the comradeship we’ve had in the team all these years, the good values too. And when I think about our achievements, which are supported in Germany and everyone at Brackley and Brixworth, I just have a smile on my face. ”
The Austrian said that he was now beginning to look at “the next chapter of his career” & “I believe that everyone has a certain lifespan in a role. ”
“I haven’t reached the end of mine, I think I can still contribute, but I also have to think about the future, moving forward and bringing someone, developing them in this role, is a fantastic challenge for me, this will be one of the next chapters.
“I guess my situation is a bit different because I am co-owner of the team with Mercedes-Benz.
“So I will never give up on it because that’s what I like to do. What could be better than being part of a sports team, being part of such a fantastic bunch of people?”
Asked if he already knew who his successor, Wolff, would be, he said: “I’m not sure. replied! “Yes, but I’m not going to tell you who.”
Much speculation has occurred over the years as to who might replace Wolff at Mercedes Formula 1 team. TJ13 broke the news to the UK after Wolff alluded as to who it could be back in the spring after a German Motorsport.com interview.
Wolff admitted Daimler boss Ola Källenius and Wolff had begun talks confirming that “we are in the middle of the process of working out our common future.”
“Whether that means team boss or managing director is irrelevant. And to be honest, I haven’t decided yet, because the races haven’t even started yet. All these talks are going on right now.”
When asked about the rumors that he could at least resign as team boss at Mercedes, he replies in a similar manner to a politician dodging a question:
“Something I’ve always been proud of in our team is the fact that we’ve managed to promote senior members of the team into new roles. We have opened up opportunities for talent. And the same is true for me.” says the Austrian.