Wolff distances himself from becoming F1 boss

Date published: June 29 2019 - Mark Scott

Toto Wolff Mercedes

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff has continued to distance himself away from taking over from Chase Carey as the boss of Formula 1.

Discussion and speculation continues as to who should take over from Carey, with rumours circulating that he is ready to step down as early as the end of the season.

Lewis Hamilton has performed somewhat of a U-Turn in recent days. He first said that Wolff should not be in the running for the job, only to then change his mind having had time to think about it.

But, after hearing about Hamilton’s change of opinion, Wolff is retaining sole focus on his job as Silver Arrows boss.

“I’m running Mercedes and I really enjoy doing that,” Wolff told Sky Sports.

“We [Wolff and Hamilton] didn’t speak to each other, so I think he spoke his heart after the race and then he thought about it and then he wanted to change his opinion, fair enough.

“It’s good that he’s thinking about how F1 can be run in the best possible way and I think we need the best people, but I’m very happy doing what I do.”

Hamilton’s comments also prompted Wolff to talk about the importance driver input can be when discussing future plans for Formula 1.

He added: “We started to talk a bit, I strongly encourage him to come to the meetings he has been there at the tyre meeting.”

“He’s the most successful current F1 driver and has a good opinion, and the drivers should speak their minds and say what they think.

“They are driving the car and they should be involved in achieving the best regulations for next time around.”

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