There will be no Toto Wolff in the Mercedes garage at the Brazilian Grand Prix this weekend as he will miss the race to “focus on other open topics”.
It will be the first time in six-and-a-half years that Wolff won’t attend a Formula 1 race, but with Lewis Hamilton securing the Drivers’ title at the United States GP and Merc wrapping up the Constructors’ Championships in Japan, he decided now is a good time to miss a grand prix.
“Brazil will be the first race since 2013 that I won’t attend,” the Austrian said.
“With both Championships secured, it gives me more time in Europe to focus on other open topics.
“It’s great to be able to do this and to know that the team will represent the three-pointed star in the best way possible both on and off the track.”
Technical director James Allison will be the most senior Mercedes member for the race at Interlagos.
Wolff also paid tribute to staff at the Mercedes factories Brackley and Brixworth after Mercedes’ sixth consecutive double, but added that they are all “hungry” for more success.
“It is always a special moment and this year’s was particularly special as our sixth consecutive double sets a new benchmark in our sport,” he said. “But despite this record-breaking achievement, I still feel a lot of hunger and desire for more achievements.
“There’s no sense of complacency, everybody is still determined to keep on improving. It’s an inspiring group of people that fully lives up to the Mercedes aspiration of being the best.”