Toto Wolff on “reinventing” Mercedes HPP after Andy Cowell’s departure

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Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff says the team has already gone through key personnel changes in the past and managed to find successful replacements.

Mercedes recently announced its long-time engine boss Andy Cowell will leave his position as Managing Director of Mercedes AMG High Performance Powertrains on July 1 2020. He will remain with the team all the way through 2021 as an advisor to new boss Hywel Thomas.

Toto Wolff doesn’t think this transition will be problematic for Mercedes.

“There are two angles to it,” said Wolff on F1’s vodcast.

“Obviously Andy needed a new challenge, and I completely understand that. He came to the decision in December that he wanted to do something else, and it was about reinventing HPP without this one single point of reference, because Andy is very charismatic, a strong leader, with a lot of skills.

“We’ve been there before, Ross [Brawn] leaving, Bob Bell leaving, Paddy Lowe leaving, Aldo Costa leaving, Mark Ellis leaving, and we’ve always been able to replace with the next generation up.

“Equally we have also realised in the past that there have been vacancies that we weren’t able to replace from within – James Allison is probably the prime example, joining a few years ago [from Ferrari].”


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