Toto Wolff has been the man leading Mercedes since 2013. During his tenure as team principal, the Silver Arrows have won seven consecutive championships. Wolff opens up about the time he visited the team’s office prior to joining them and was shocked by what he saw.
Wolff has been around the grid for quite some time now. Back in 2009, the Austrian boss had invested in the Williams Formula One team, and three years down the line he became Executive director of the team.
The season opener saw the Mercedes win in Bahrain and achieve a double podium as well. The Silver Arrows will eye their eighth constructor’s title in 2021, with a great driver lineup and leadership in Toto. The Brackley-based outfit knows they can dominant another year.
Toto Wolff says that Mercedes didn’t look like an F1 team when he joined
In an episode of the High Performance Podcast, the team principal said, “When I walked in the first time into Mercedes. It wasn’t what I wanted to be.” When asked what did he want it to be? he replied. “I mean the first day I walked in. I arrived in the reception and I sat down in the reception, and it didn’t look like a Formula One team.”
Wolff added, “There was an old Daily Mail from the previous week and coffee cups that had dry coffee. I couldn’t believe it that this was the Mercedes Formula One team. And now you may say how do dry coffee cups or an old Daily Mail, Impact on the performance of a Formula One team? But it shows attitude, it shows attention to details.”
“And I think this is most important for a high impact team and all these soft factors that many will ignore, because it’s not data, it’s not aerodynamics, it’s not vehicle dynamics. It doesn’t make a car fast, but all that is part of the values of a team.”
“And if everybody runs in the same directions, everybody acknowledges that the attention to detail is important, then eventually the wheel is going to gain some momentum. And so that was my first experience of Mercedes as well.” Wolff concluded.
Red Bull is a threat, says team principal, Wolff
The raging bulls have always been on the tail of the Silver Arrows. The most recent encounter was in the opening race in Bahrain, Verstappen was on pole and favorite to win the race. However, with a little bit of luck and some great driving by Sir Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes were victorious that day.
Wolff said, “In the past, Bahrain has not been a strong race for Red Bull and they have not been particularly good out of the blocks either, but this weekend shows that in 2021 that is no longer the case.”
“I have no doubt they are extremely difficult to beat and are leading the pack. We have not suddenly found some awesome performance but the win was a combination of good race strategy, a solid race car and being fortunate at the end. The racing gods were on our side.”
The second round of the season takes us to Imola for the Italian Grand Prix. Can Mercedes keep Red Bull in the rearview mirrors or will they catch up to them and become obstacles in their way as Mercedes’s eye another title?