F1 » Wolff: I need time in Mercedes role


Toto Wolff says he needs more time in his new role with Mercedes to fully examine what now needs to be done

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Danny - Unregistered

January 27, 2013 6:48 PM

With force India leaving the Mercedes engine I gues this is a setup to get Williams in 2014 the Mercedes engines and be like a B team for Mercedes

Mclaren has marusia as coss worth will disappear

This will be the 4 Mercedes teams

107SS2009

January 27, 2013 10:12 PM

This what I termed “the 3rd bombshell of 2013” seems to me to have the longest finger of MR F1 into it, looks like he had scrambled into action by the prospects of F1 losing one of the only two manufacturers still active in F1, I struggle to see the need of a company the size of Mercedes off loading 40 percent of its F1 operations, on the other hand MR F1 knows for a fact that Mercedes F1 operations depends on a board of directors with a lot of different opinions about the validity of F1 and that it's chairman is due to seek another term this year, MR F1 seems to have went to work on at least safeguarding the number of big teams on the grid, if not in name in numbers.

Mr Know it All - Unregistered

January 28, 2013 7:28 AM

I simply cannot fathom why Mercedes have entrusted this job to a short time minority investor in Williams who had yet to show any true success before jumping out...
All I do know is Toto has been in a relatively successful American soft rock band singing boring songs like *Africa* and *Rosanna* and a few years later jumped in and out of Williams before anyone got to see too much of him before becoming head of Mercedes motorsports.
Suspicious.. yes, absolutely.

cobalt - Unregistered

January 28, 2013 9:46 AM

LOL Mr Know it All, It is not about his ability to sing. If you had a pocket full of millions to invest you would be welcomed to any cash-strapped team.
Did he sing "Money makes the world go round"? As a duet with Bernie?

Mr Know it All - Unregistered

January 28, 2013 10:55 AM

Mr Cobalt

whilst a duet with the Bernster singing Money Money Money by Abba would be highly amusing and appropriate I wouldnt of thought Toto's wedge would be exactly what merc was after as I suspect they are not a team that can be described as cash strapped..........

cobalt - Unregistered

January 28, 2013 2:51 PM

Merc was very much after Wolffs money as they recently lost Aabar that owned 40% of the team.
They are now back on track with 30% ownership by Wolff and 10% by Lauda.

David Chaste - Unregistered

January 29, 2013 2:40 AM

Toto does indeed come from money. So Williams did need his money. Mercedes doesn't so much need his cash, but it helps them cut cost in other areas.

He owns a majority stake in HWA AG, the company that builds the Mercedes F3 engines, and the Mercedes SLS GT3 race car. That same company also builds some components for their DTM race cars alongside AMG.

So even though he might not be that experienced, they figure with him running all motorsport activities, he would want to do well because it will bring up the value of his investments.

He also owns a management company with Mikka Hakkinen, and some of the Mercedes DTM drivers are clients of his firm. Mercedes lost Bruno Spengler because BMW negotiated with the firm to get him. Susie wolff and Valteri Bottas are also clients of his management company.

But of course Nikki Lauda probably also had a hand in him coming aboard since they're both Austrians.

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