EJ tells Wolff: ‘Leave Mercedes and take the money’

Date published: September 22 2020

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Toto Wolff’s contract at Mercedes expires at the end of the season, and Eddie Jordan thinks it’s time for the Austrian to leave.

Wolff joined Mercedes in 2013 and has gone on to become one of the sport’s most successful team bosses ever as the German team has won every World Championship from 2014 onwards.

The same is set to happen in 2020, with Lewis Hamilton leading the Driver Standings and the team 152 points clear of Red Bull in the Constructors’.

With Wolff enjoying such success, Jordan thinks this is the best possible time for him to walk away.

“He’s been sensational, but now it’s time to stop,” he told Ziggo Sport.

“He has already won everything and also created a myth around Lewis Hamilton and the whole team. There are good and bad moments to leave, and a very good moment for Toto is now.”

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Jordan has recently claimed that Mercedes sponsor Ineos is set to buy the team for around £700million.

“The ownership of the team is going to be taken over by Sir Jim Ratcliffe and Ineos,” Jordan told the Daily Mail.

“The Ineos name is already on the side of the car anyway and they have this technological partnership so this is a nice way out for Mercedes.

“The team will be called Ineos but it will still be run from the factory in Brackley and Mercedes will retain a 30 per cent share in it.”

While he’s unsure what Wolff would do next, he’s certain that this deal is happening, and think it’s another reason why the team principal should leave now.

“If I was his advisor, I’d say ‘Please leave, Toto. Take the money. You won’t get any better than this’,” he added.

“Aston Martin [next for him]? Could be. But all I am really sure of is that Ineos will buy the Mercedes team. That is the only thing I am absolutely sure of.”

Wolff isn’t the only man that Jordan thinks should leave Mercedes, as he also stated that Lewis Hamilton should join Max Verstappen at Red Bull.

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