Wolff rubbishes Ferrari rumours, ‘fine’ at Mercedes

Date published: September 5 2020

Toto Wolff

Toto Wolff says he is “fine” right where he is after rumours emerged in the Italian media claiming he could be off to Ferrari.

While Wolff has led Mercedes to six successive championship doubles, Ferrari has been through several team bosses since the Scuderia’s last championship success, the 2007 World title iwth Kimi Raikkonen.

The man at the helm at present, Mattia Binotto, is a team boss under pressure as Ferrari has slumped to its worst start to a season.

Fifth in the championship, Ferrari is a massive 203 points behind Mercedes after just seven races.

Binotto is adamant he has the support of Ferrari’s hierarchy, however, reports in the Italian press claim his situation is not as secure as he’d like to believe.

This led to other rumours that Wolff, who is out of contract with Mercedes at the end of this season, could be heading to Maranello.

The Austrian insists that’s not true.

“Everyone dreams of Ferrari – it’s normal,” Grandpx.news quotes Wolff as having told Sky Italia at Monza. “It’s the same with drivers.

“Ferrari is the most important brand in Formula 1 and it is equally important that they return to fighting to win.

“But I’m part of Mercedes and the team. I have a good relationship with the team and I feel good where I am.

“I’m fine here.”

Toto Wolff

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Told that the rumours of his move to Ferrari refuse to die down, the 48-year-old added: “Because I have not yet renewed the contract with Mercedes?

“First of all, it is important to understand where this Formula 1 is going and it’s normal that negotiations to renew are not easy.

“But I think that in the coming weeks we will be able to close the discussions.”

Wolff did recently acknowledge that he is in a “moment of reflection” about his place in Formula 1.

“I have not taken the decision yet,” he said last month when questioned about his future. “These are discussions that are ongoing, they are positive and I enjoy them and I don’t want to give it a spin that I am leaving.

“It’s not the case. I am just in a moment of reflection.”

He added: Reflection where F1 is heading to, what is happening with COVID and also personal reasons.

“Susie (Wolff’s wife) is in a good place running a Formula E team, that means she is away a lot. I’ve been on God knows how many races and that’s something we are thinking about.

“It’s down to the discussion between Ola (Kallenius, Daimler chairman) and myself. We want to do the best for the team, to continue to see the team prosper.

“I really enjoy the role, my plan is to continue but I never want to be in the situation that you are becoming from very good to good.”

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