Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff is not willing to argue that the team’s struggles in 2022 are the result of more members leaving for newer pastures.
In 2022, Mercedes was nowhere near as dominant as in previous years. From constantly fighting to win, the Silver Arrows are now catching up with the likes of Ferrari and Red Bull in the new era of F1.
There has been a massive exodus from the factories in Brackley and Brixworth, with Red Bull and Ferrari both poaching members from Wolff’s faction. However, Wolff merely sees this as ‘a normal cycle’. In an interview conducted by Motorsport.comAustrian says:
“It’s just a normal cycle. Ross [Brawn] left, then Paddy [Lowe] left. We won six championships then, or seven. Then James Allison walked in, and there were plenty of other people that weren’t central. Then Andy [Cowell] retired. But in the meantime, all the young people are coming in, and they’ve been decision makers again and again at the operational level, regarding the cars of the past few years. Today, we haven’t lost anyone yet and I thought to myself: ‘That’s really, really backfired!’ That’s just the normal rate of change. ”
The Mercedes boss went on to add:
“As I walk around our campus, what pleases me the most is that most people are very young and highly educated, active – and don’t want to leave things as they are today. That puts me in a positive mind. I can’t imagine anyone better on the team I have around me. And I’m not just saying it lightly: it’s something I truly believe in. ”
‘This is what I really want to do my whole life’ – Mercedes boss not ready to leave F1 despite difficulties in 2022
Mercedes boss Toto Wolff has no plans to leave F1 after the Silver Arrows’ initial difficulties in the 2022 season.
In an interview with Motorsport.com, the Austrian was asked if he would consider walking away after almost a decade of dominating the sport. Wolff says:
“Working in a team, developing a team, is something I really enjoy. Formula 1 is booming. In terms of revenue, things are going really well and this is something I really want to do with my life. In that respect, so far there has been no question to say: that is it. It would be like a project manager or an employee saying, ‘I’m done with this now, I’ll go out on top and that’s it.’ But it didn’t stop with me. It’s happening.”
Wolff went on to explain by saying:
“My natural answer would be: you can’t help but learn it. But then the track teaches us something else. It’s also about always being humble, and that’s what we are, and saying: ‘Damn, we really were wrong.’ You have to accept that now. Where did we go wrong? In my day we made eight out of eight strikes and now we’ve been really wrong. It’s not like we just take a three-tenth break. But in terms of our personality development and our team values, this is an important development in our opinion. No one is infallible. We are seeing that right now. But the team has the power to turn the situation around.”
Wolff was heard calling the Mercedes W13 impossible after Lewis Hamilton’s disappointing P13 finish at the Imola GP. The team is said to have plans to bring new upgrades to the car at the upcoming F1 Miami GP 2022.
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