Rosberg on Wolff’s “greatest strength” that could help Mercedes

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Former Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg says the team doesn’t have a staff problem, because of team boss Toto Wolff’s “greatest strength”.

In recent years Mercedes lost several key team members – for example Mercedes High Performance Powertrains Managing Director Andy Cowell left in 2020, and Motorsport Strategy Director James Vowles left ahead of the 2023 season.

In addition, several of Mercedes HPP employees left the German team to join Red Bull’s new engine factory – Red Bull Powertrains.

This led to some speculation that Mercedes’ current performance issues might be a result of losing key staff. However, the team’s former driver Nico Rosberg thinks staff is not the issue.

“One of Toto’s greatest strength is the succession planning part of it,” Rosberg said.

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“And it started very, very early. It started even in 2014-15-16. Let’s remember also, the switch with Paddy Lowe at the time, Paddy moving out, another person coming in and bringing another fresh set of dynamics and making further progress.

“That’s always been a great strength of Toto’s, so I don’t think that’s the issue there at the moment.

“A lot of fresh talent has taken over from the older guard within the team. Very, very talented people who I know from back [when he was with Mercedes].

“It’s just a general challenge that they haven’t really understood the new regulations entirely yet and what needs to be done to be fast,” the German concluded.

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