“In the past I have done that, but it was not the role Mercedes had envisioned for me. I have taken up the responsibility, so it is important to get a feeling for the people, and I have a good feeling for most of them. However, if it is not going in the direction I want, I will implement the structure that I think will work.
Wolff's remit has him overseeing both Mercedes' F1 and DTM involvement, and it is clear that he is looking forward to getting stuck into the challenge of turning both back into regular success stories. However, with an added financial investment in the F1 team, there are plenty more reasons for him to want to make the role work.
“It is all about having your neck on the line!” he laughed, “As they know I have put my neck on the line they know that I have no room for failure. Not only have I taken a personal risk by leaving Williams - where I have enjoyed working - but there is also a financial and economic side to it. There is a huge amount of trust on both sides and I am very happy having joined.
“I had a nice life being the investor in companies and could blame the guys when they were doing it wrong or could enjoy the fruits and merits when they did well. Now I've slid into a fully operational role sitting in the 'ejector seat'. The good news is I have the trigger in my hand and I would have never have got involved in something that I believed I couldn't do.”