Toto Wolff’s strict routine to remove ‘trivial’ lifestyle decisions from race weekends

Sam Cooper
Mercedes boss Toto Wolff in the paddock at the 2023 Belgian Grand Prix.

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff in the paddock.

On a race weekend, Toto Wolff has revealed he spends no time on “trivial” matters such as what to wear or what to eat.

Wolff has spent over a decade travelling the world in the colours of Mercedes and has become somewhat of a veteran in the paddock.

It is only Christian Horner and the retiring Franz Tost who have been there longer and Wolff has revealed how he has streamlined his race weekend preparation.

Food, clothes and hotel room all ‘trivial’ matters for Toto Wolff

Anyone who has ever seen Wolff in the paddock will be familiar with his traditional look of the white Mercedes branded shirt tucked into the dark trousers and, weather depending, a black Mercedes coat or jacket.

Similarly, for Drive to Survive fans, they will have got used to hearing Wolff order pumpernickel – dense, slightly sweet rye bread – as his preferred meal of choice.

Wolff has explained why he is a man of routine and said that he would rather not spend time thinking about “trivial” matters.

“For me it is really reducing trivial things,” he told the BBC’s Desert Island Discs programme. “I’m wearing the same clothes, I’m eating the same food – even to the point that my assistants book the same hotel room for me every single year.

“The same dark bread – a pumpernickel with butter and some ham. Small cappuccino – because I take half a cappuccino because I want to have another half an hour later – and then it’s chicken breast with tomato salad. And I have the same for dinner also!” recommends

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As well as revealing his slightly dull dinner order, Wolff also went into detail about his journey into motorsport and how it was not something he planned for.

“We were invited by a friend to watch him racing in Formula 3, which is a junior series,” Wolff said. “I ended up on the track and… walking onto the grid, this is where [I felt] this massive explosion within me and it was clear – this is what I wanted to do.”

“It’s controlling the uncontrollable; being able to ride that wild horse and trying to be in control. That is the fascinating thing that caught me in racing.

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