Toto Wolff explains how he keeps himself and Mercedes motivated

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Mercedes boss Toto Wolff says he has woken up “with a sense of purpose” every year he ran the team and insists he’s as motivated as ever.

Even after Mercedes’ unprecedented run of success, Toto Wolff insists he still feels joy running the team.

“I think I observe my own motivation and energy levels pretty closely,” said the Austrian.

“We are all tired at a certain stage of the season because the travelling is a lot and the pressure of performance is substantial.

“But I feel that joy in doing what I do. The most important part is the relationships within the team and within the Daimler organisation that motivate me every single day.

“I think this is one of the crucial parts because if you enjoy working with the people, it keeps your motivation levels high, and this is the case for me.

“I think the most important thing is that you need to wake up in the morning with a sense of purpose. I’ve personally felt that every single year.

“I enjoy what I do, I enjoy that the stopwatch that never lies, if you’re good enough or not.”

Wolff went on to explain how he manages to keep his team motivated even after climbing to the pinnacle of their profession six times in a row.

“Motivation is the key for everybody within the team. If you run out of objectives, you need to change your role.

“This is something we have always given a lot of attention to, spent a lot of time defining our objectives, not only business objectives, also personal objectives.

“We’re trying to find out what incentivises our most important contributors in the team, and it is not always cash or power. It’s much more than that. This is one of our key topics in general.

“I’m quite certain that we will define new, exciting targets that will give us a reason to push through the hard days for next year,” concluded Wolff.


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