Toto Wolff joined Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 team in 2013 as the executive director, a position he took on after being the executive director of Williams F1 in 2012. In early 2009 Wolff bought a shaker in the Williams team and joined the board of directors, a move that caused a chain of events leading to his current position at Mercedes. Although his future with the German manufacturer has been a subject of many speculations over the course of the past months, Wolff will remain in his position for the 2021 season.
Afterwards, the 48-year old Austrian is more likely to move to a different position, one that will allow him more freedom and better management of his time. Although Wolff has been very open about the fact that he is not really interested in leaving Mercedes, he has admitted recently that remaining in the position of the team boss for so many years and with this seasons calendar has been taking it’s toll on him, and that’s why he is considering some change.
As he said in an interview: “I love this team and I get along with Ola Kallenius fantastically. I think this is my place. It is just that eight years in this team as a team principal are taking its toll, and this is something that I’m reflecting on. It is important to take the right decision for my family and myself, but you can be sure that I will be involved in this team in some way or other.”
Although Wolff is considering stepping down from the position, he is insistent that this decision won’t have any effect on the Mercedes F1 team’s pursuit of winning the next championship titles. In an interview with the Italian Gazzetta dello Sport, Wolff admitted that it also wouldn’t have any effect Lewis Hamilton and his winning spree.
As Wolff said: “If I decided to quit, he would continue to win. There are so many good people in the team. Mercedes would not start losing championships as long as we have the best car and the best drivers.”
Although no contract between Lewis and the team has been finalised yet, one of the key points for Wolff is to secure a new deal with the Brit and keep him in the team, as those two have established a very successful partnership together. 5 out of 6 championship titles of Lewis have been achieved during his drive for Mercedes, and the team has secured 6 championship titles (5 with Lewis, 1 with Nico Rosberg in 2016), so a new deal between the team and Hamilton seems like a no-brainer. The upcoming weeks will definitely tell us more about the future of the driver, the team principal and the team itself.