Toto Wolff had to drop out of race to become F1 CEO due to Ferrari – “They wouldn’t have accepted”

Toto Wolff was appointed as the Mercedes team boss back in 2014 after Ross Brawn stepped down from the position.

He joined Mercedes at a crucial time – when there was a shift from V8 to V6 turbo-hybrid engines.

The combination of Wolff and the new engines made Mercedes one of the most dominant teams on the grid.

Under Wolff’s leadership, the Silver Arrows have won seven successive constructor championships.

He is also part-owner of the German team.

While the Austrian is set to continue with Mercedes, he wanted to leave Mercedes to become the CEO of F1.

Toto Wolff; Source:

Wolff reveals details of his journey

In a recent interview, Wolff talked about how he turned from an investor to part-owner of Mercedes.

However, he revealed a new detail stating that he wanted to step back from the Mercedes role and become the CEO of F1.

Wolff was also in touch with Liberty Media about the position but in the end, opted out of the plan.

Wolff stated: “It wouldn’t have gone anywhere anyway because [Mercedes’ rivals] Ferrari wouldn’t have accepted that.”

Stefano Domenicali took over

Wolff had to sacrifice that position to Stefano Domenicali who took over as F1 boss.

However, he has no hard feelings against the situation.

He added: “The job appeals to everybody, but first of all, I think Stefano is the better CEO for such a company. 

“He has been the CEO of Lamborghini, has run Scuderia Ferrari and obviously his role at Audi, and he is fantastic for that role.”

“I enjoy being a co-shareholder and co-owner of the team that is a franchise and diversifying in many other interesting areas.

“So I have no regrets at all. I think Greg Maffei absolutely took the right decision to go for Stefano and he is better for that job than me,” he concluded.

Wolff celebrates a win with his team; Source:

Mercedes to bounce back?

Mercedes have lost four consecutive races to Red Bull, something that has not been seen before in the turbo-hybrid era.

The German team is clearly in a tough spot against Red Bull who have beat them comfortably in the recent Styrian Grand Prix.

The Silver Arrows have to up their game if they want to regain their lost position.

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