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F1 | Toto Wolff on the importance of adapting in Formula 1

Mercedes Team Principal Toto Wolff discusses the need to “evolve” and “adapt” in Formula 1.

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F1 | Toto Wolff on the importance of adapting in Formula 1
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Mercedes has enjoyed a seven-year period of dominance in Formula 1, under the leadership of Wolff. The team has won both the Drivers’ and Constructors’ Championships’ every season since the beginning of the turbo-hybrid era, breaking countless records along the way.

Wolff puts the teams’ success down to their ability to adapt and evolve as a team through the regular introduction of new talent. The most notable recent change being James Allison's move from his position as technical director to a new position, chief technical officer. The move made space for Mike Eliot who has taken over as technical director.

“A successful sports team is not something that you can freeze as a static organisation, but it's something that needs to evolve, because it needs to adapt,” Wolff said in an interview with Motorsport.com.

“It is a mixture between seniority and young enthusiasm and curiosity. Our team has always reinvented itself.

“When I go through the company, I see still the faces from all the people that have been there since the very beginning, but I see so many young men and women.

“Sometimes it seems like a university campus to me, which is great, seeing the next generation leaders coming up. And there is so much performance that's brought into the development by this next generation.

“That is really something nice to experience personally and as an organisation.”

With the team now facing its toughest challenge for the titles since Sebastian Vettel’s 2018 campaign with Ferrari, they will be aiming to extend their lead on a much improved Red Bull and Max Verstappen

Mercedes will enter the Belgian Grand Prix weekend with only an 8-point lead over Verstappen in the drivers’ championship and a 12-point lead over Red Bull in the constructors’ championship. Wolff went on to discuss the team's energy as they head into the second half of the season.

“We were talking all these years about how would we cope when the day would come where our performance wasn't good enough,” Wolff said.

“So we experienced it on the job.

“And that is the time that all values that we had built up in the team, all the resilience that we were talking about, and all the energy that would be needed went live, basically.”

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