Wolff to stay at Mercedes, but role undecided

Jamie Woodhouse
Toto Wolff

Toto Wolff

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff said he will be staying with the Formula 1 team, but doesn’t know what role he will play.

Wolff began running the Mercedes team in 2013, the same year that Lewis Hamilton made his switch to the Silver Arrows.

And since then Mercedes have gone on to become the most dominant outfit in Formula 1 history, winning six Drivers’ and Constructors’ titles in a row. Five of those six Drivers’ Championships have been claimed by Hamilton.

That dominance is showing no signs of coming to an end, in fact Mercedes are only getting stronger, but with his contract coming to an end Wolff still is undecided on his future with the team.

But, he has now revealed that he will be staying, a welcome relief to Mercedes for sure, but he hasn’t decided what role he will play.

“I love this team and I think this is my place,” Wolff told the BBC.

“It is just [that] eight years as a team principal is taking its toll and it is something I am reflecting on.

“It is important to take the right decision for my family or myself but you you can sure I will be involved in this team in one way or another.”

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Wolff owns a 30% share in Mercedes’ F1 team as well as being team boss and in charge of Mercedes’ motorsport programme.

And the Austrian has spoken previously about the role his family plays in his decision. His wife Susie Wolff runs the Venturi Formula E team, so he admits that has an impact on family time. They also have a young son.

He has also spoken about not wanting to outstay his welcome at Mercedes.

“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 said.

“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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