Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff believes Formula 1 is still a good investment for Daimler and adds he is still motivated by the work he is doing.
Wolff’s contract with Mercedes runs out at the end of 2020 and the F1 media has been speculating about his future. He’s been linked with a potential leadership position within Formula 1 and even Ferrari. However Wolff says he is still motivated by the work he is currently doing at Mercedes.
“You have to think back,” said Wolff.
“As Niki Lauda and I approached this adventure in 2013, we not only did it as employees, we also participated in the racing team.
“So the question is not just whether you take a job elsewhere, but whether I generally continue in Formula One.
“At the moment I enjoy it, I think that’s the most important thing. It is certainly less fun than when Niki was there. But this work continues to motivate me.
“It is nice to have all these connections in Formula 1 and to be able to enjoy the trust of the board.
“At the same time, we have an incredibly good team in England. As long as I believe that I can contribute something, I won’t go from good to mediocre.”
However debate rages on whether Mercedes itself will remain in Formula 1 beyond 2020, as the sport enters a major overhaul in 2021. That decision will ultimately be made by Mercedes’ board of directors, but Wolff seems to think conditions are still in favor of the manufacturer staying.
“As an entrepreneur you think long term.
“It is considered whether Formula 1 will continue to develop positively. I would answer that with yes.
“Do we have a common goal with Daimler? Also, a very clear yes.
“Daimler and Mercedes build street cars and racing cars, that’s our core business, and that’s why we want to continue together,” concluded the Austrian.