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Wolff: I need more 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
New Mercedes motorsport boss Toto Wolff admits that he will have to spend more time in his role to fully analyse what now needs to be done.

Wolff was named as the replacement for Norbert Haug in a shock move earlier this month, moving over to Mercedes from his role as an executive director of the Williams team.

The 41-year-old has already been forced to deny reports that Ross Brawn could be replaced as head of Mercedes' F1 team and he admitted that he would need more time in the role to fully understand what the German marque needs to do differently with its motorsport activities.

“I can't really tell [what I'm going to do],” he told Pitpass. “I think I have probably the same knowledge that you do from watching them and seeing what has happened. What you can see is you have a leader there who has won multiple titles with Benetton, Ferrari and Brawn and it needs to be properly analysed.

“I haven't even been a full day in Brackley. I have to look at it, watch it and then hopefully understand the stuff. Then I can make up my mind but I am not yet there.

“In the meantime, I am involved a lot with the other motorsport activities of Mercedes-Benz. We were in Valencia and have tested Robert Kubica in one of our cars, so there is a lot to do apart from Formula One.”




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Bluemetal - Unregistered

January 27, 2013 12:21 PM

Time for what? This dude did nothing for Williams and I don't think Mercedes needs him but he insists to be part of F1 teams. BTW what has this guy done to motor-racing? It's a serious question guys.

oldtimer - Unregistered

January 27, 2013 3:53 PM

It won't take too long before Wolff and Lauda start shaking the tree and wait to see who drops out. The facts are that they have been brought in to turn Mercedes around and make them into a top team and I don't suppose that Mercedes will mind how much blood is on the floor as long as the results improve. Haug saw the writing on the wall and I'm sure Ross Brawn realises what is going on. It will turn into a night of the longknifes sooner rather than later.



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