Formula 1 teams are concerned about what is happening in the UK with the Brexit coming to a deadline on March 29. As Toto Wolff said during a media conference held during the first day of testing in Montmelò, Brexit could be a potential threat for Mercedes and the others UK-based teams. Mercedes’ Team Principal thinks that a no-deal scenario, where the government wouldn’t be able to agreeing a divorce deal, could have a negative impact to all the Formula 1 industry in Great Britain.
"We're racing team operators and not politicians. As racing team operators and businessmen, we would always think that rational thinking is going to prevail and eventually protect an industry and protect the British economy. I think that what we have seen at least, Formula 1 feels very much exposed to the decisions that could be made on a political level, and it is a risk for our people and a risk for the industry", Toto Wolff said.
Everyday operations could be affect by Brexit effects, as even getting parts and services would have to deal with any major disruption with borders and taxes. "It would cause the UK teams a lot of headaches, while Ferrari in Italy and Alfa Romeo in Switzerland would have a massive advantage over every UK based team” he added.
Mercedes wouldn’t be the only team affected, as also Red Bull, McLaren, Williams and Racing Point are all based in Great Britain, with a worst case scenario potentially destroying UK’s F1 industry and lead a German manufacturer like Mercedes to look around to get its team operation in another country.
Toto Wolff also reported about a discussion he had with David Richards, chairman of Motorsport UK (The Royal Automobile Club Motor Sports Association), when they spoke about the chance of getting involved into Brexit discussions. "We discussed it over the Christmas period, whether we should actually write a letter and get involved or not. He felt like as the head of British motorsport, that we need to do something because the industry is at risk”, Wolff said.