Aston Martin role ‘out of the question’ for Wolff

Date published: April 2 2020

Toto Wolff Mercedes

Mercedes team boss, Toto Wolff, has reiterated once again that his future in Formula 1 is with the Silver Arrows and not Aston Martin.

Aston Martin’s return to Formula 1 as a works team was officially confirmed on April 1, but it was certainly no April Fool’s.

Their return has been in the pipeline ever since Racing Point owner Lawrence Stroll and his consortium injected significant investment into the struggling British luxury carmaker brand.

Along the way, there has been continuous rumours about Wolff, who is good friends with Stroll, jumping ship to Aston Martin in the future.

But, he has categorically stated that he still sees his future with the six-time consecutive double World Champions.

“Rumours that I would lead Aston Martin had no basis,” Wolff is quoted as having told Austrian broadcaster, ORF.

“Collaborating with Daimler in our team is my priority.

“A consortium of investors led by Lawrence Stroll acquired a stake in Aston Martin, which is a financial issue. But any role for me in Aston Martin was out of the question.

“Our team in Formula 1 works perfectly for the Mercedes brand, and everything indicates that we will cooperate for several more years.

“I am with Mercedes for the eighth year and I really like working with this group of people.

“At the same time, I am discussing the future with Ola Kallenius regarding how we will continue to work together.”

Wolff’s first venture into Formula 1 came when he purchased shares in Williams back in 2009 and, as executive director in 2012, the Austrian oversaw Williams’ last Formula 1 win which came courtesy of one Pastor Maldonado at the Spanish Grand Prix.

In 2013, Wolff swapped Williams for Mercedes and acquired a 30 per cent stake in Mercedes-Benz Grand Prix Ltd. He sold his remaining shares in Williams back in 2016.

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