Wolff says he studied Manchester United to prevent Mercedes slump

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Amid Mercedes’ 2022 problems, team boss Toto Wolff says he “studied why great teams were not able to repeat great title” runs.

In an interview with the Financial Times Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff said he took lessons from Manchester United, to determine what prevented a once dominant sports teams from continuing their success.

The legendary football team, which dominated the 90s and 2000s, fell into a slump after Sir Alex Ferguson stepped down as manager in 2013, and has won only one trophy since.

“I studied why great teams were not able to repeat great title [runs],” Wolff said.

“No sports team in any sport has ever won eight consecutive World Championship titles and there are many reasons for that, and what is at the core is the human.


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“The human gets complacent. You are not energised in the same way you were before. You are maybe not as ambitious.

“I often get the question: ‘How hard is that [Mercedes’ 2022 struggles]?’

“I had so many periods, so many episodes in my life that I would judge as difficult, that this is not on the same scale.

“I don’t think it’s challenging in a way because I’ve had much harder times in all of my life, not particularly in Formula 1, but this is actually within my comfort zone,” Wolff concluded.

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