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Posted on Friday, January 2, 2015

Wolff: Alonso first in line for Hamilton's seat

Fernando Alonso is at the top of Mercedes' list, should Lewis Hamilton not stay with the dominant German team beyond this year. That is the admission of team boss Toto Wolff, in comments that might be interpreted as a 'hurry up' to F1's new reigning world champion. Briton Hamilton's Mercedes deal runs out at the end of 2015, and Wolff had said recently that he wanted to renew it as soon as possible. But whilst holidaying in the Austrian ski town of Kitzbuhel, he has […]

Posted on Thursday, December 4, 2014

Spa crash was turning-point for Rosberg defeat says Wolff

The Belgian grand prix in August was the turning point of Nico Rosberg's ill-fated 2014 championship campaign. There, at Spa-Francorchamps, the German famously collided with eventual champion Lewis Hamilton. Rosberg was squarely blamed and heavily rebuked by Mercedes officials, prompting Hamilton to declare "war" and go on win the next five grands prix on the trot. Team boss Toto Wolff admits that Spa might have been the turning-point for the once on-form Rosberg. "Spa was very difficult for Nico," he told Germany's Sport Bild. "Maybe […]

Posted on Friday, November 14, 2014

Renault not aiming to going back to V8 admits Wolff

Toto Wolff has hit back at claims F1 is heading into a spending war because of Mercedes' attitude amid the engine 'unfreeze' debate. Christian Horner, the boss at Renault works team Red Bull, said in Brazil that because dominant Mercedes is not helping F1's struggling suppliers to catch up, the entire cost-limiting freeze could be ended altogether beyond 2015. "With a majority vote, 2016/17/18 can be opened," he said, "which is ridiculous because we will all end up spending a lot more money over a […]

Posted on Sunday, November 9, 2014

Rosberg pleased to overcome Austin disappointment

A delighted Nico Rosberg says he was pleased to overcome the disappointment of the United States Grand Prix as he stormed to victory in Brazil. Rosberg led away from pole position and while team-mate Lewis Hamilton recovered from a mid-race spin to sit close behind, Rosberg was able to resist the pressure and take his first win since July. "That was a fantastic weekend and I felt very comfortable over the whole three days," he said. "I had to learn from Austin, which was a […]

Posted on Sunday, October 12, 2014

Wolff: Mercedes win tinged with sadness

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff has admitted that their 2014 title glory has been tinged with sadness following Jules Bianchi's accident in the Japanese Grand Prix. Wolff's squad claimed their 13th win of the year at the Russian Grand Prix to move into an unassailable lead at the top of the Constructors' standings, but Bianchi's accident, which has left him with a diffuse axonal injury, remains in their mind. "This is a great moment for our team but, first of all, we must not forget what […]

Posted on Friday, September 26, 2014

Lowe disagrees with Wolff over clampdown

Paddy Lowe and Toto Wolff, the team bosses at dominant Mercedes, do not see eye-to-eye over the new radio clampdowns in Formula One. Although a pre-race compromise with the FIA was reached in Singapore, Wolff said that if the full clampdown had debuted in Singapore it would have been a "nightmare" in the context of Nico Rosberg's steering wheel problems. "If it (the clampdown) had been enforced as originally suggested, it would have been a nightmare," said Wolff. "Can you imagine not being able to […]

Posted on Wednesday, September 24, 2014

FIA should rethink 'nightmare' radio clampdown says Wolff

Toto Wolff thinks Sunday's Singapore Grand Prix proved F1 needs to rethink its new clampdown on radio communications. Ultimately, a last-minute compromise meant only driver 'coaching' was banned in Singapore and for the rest of the season. But the governing FIA is still planning to outlaw all 'performance'-related messages from the start of 2015, including any radio call that helps the driver to manage the technical systems aboard his car. Mercedes chief Wolff, however, said former championship leader Nico Rosberg's electronic and steering wheel problems […]

Posted on Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Wolff aiming to improve 'unacceptable' reliability

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff says his squad must improve its reliability as he fears the world championship fight between Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg could be decided by a retirement. Rosberg abandoned his Singapore Grand Prix due to a steering column wiring loom failure, while Hamilton went on to claim the victory and the points lead. Wolff fears that further problems could rob one driver of the opportunity to claim the 2014 crown. "We have a great reliability team - a group of people who […]

Posted on Sunday, September 21, 2014

Relaxing engine freeze talk 'nonsense' admits Wolff

Toto Wolff has declared Mercedes' obvious resistance to moves to relax F1's engine 'freeze'. The German marque has utterly dominated in 2014, producing a clearly superior turbo V6 'power unit' than its engine rivals Renault and Ferrari. Despite the fixed homologation of the power unit specification, the struggling suppliers can make substantial changes for 2015 in the form of a 'token' system that allows for an up to 48 per cent design overhaul. But also being discussed is that, in the event of another situation […]

Posted on Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Wolff: Hamilton/Rosberg 'like enemies'

Mercedes motorsport boss Toto Wolff has admitted that the relationship between Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg has changed to the extent that the duo are 'like enemies'. Mercedes has been the dominant force in Formula 1 this season, with Hamilton and Rosberg having claimed 10 victories between them out of a possible 13. Rosberg currently leads Hamilton by 22 points with six rounds of the season remaining. "It has changed from, let's say, an almost amicable relationship at the beginning of the season to a […]

Posted on Wednesday, September 17, 2014

F1 teams admit concerns over ticket prices

F1 team bosses have identified high ticket prices as a major problem for the sport, according to the Telegraph. The British newspaper said crowd numbers at some of the sport's most traditional venues including Spa, Hockenheim and Monza have been notably down in 2014. The sport has struggled for traction this year as some fans bemoan the loss of the screaming V8 engine note and the increasing complexity of the technology and rules. At the same time, F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone is notoriously tough in […]

Posted on Friday, September 12, 2014

Wolff: Radio rule needs clarification

Mercedes motorsport boss Toto Wolff says that the FIA's decision to clamp down on radio messages between drivers and the pit wall needs clarification ahead of next weekend's Singapore Grand Prix. The FIA has issued a directive banning communication to the driver which will affect his performance and that of the car. Coded messages will also be prohibited. The rule change has been implemented through strict enforcement of Article 20.1 of the 2014 sporting regulations, which states that a driver must act 'alone and unaided.' […]