Toto Wolff says “there is no gap left behind” James Vowles

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Toto Wolff says “there is no gap left behind” James Vowles at Mercedes, “because for many years we have discussed the succession planning in this area”.

Following the announcement that Mercedes’ long-time chief strategist James Vowles will leave the team to become the new team principal of Williams, Toto Wolff was asked if his departure will leave “a gap” in the team.

“There is no gap left behind, because for many years we have discussed the succession planning in this area,” the Austrian said in a press conference.

“We’ve been very reliant on James’ visibility, and we put an emphasis a few years ago on how that would continue if he one day would decide to do something else, whether within Mercedes or outside. James was very good in setting that up.


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“We have an extremely talented team of strategists. We have nine people, some very senior, that are not always on the front line, and some that have grown within the organisation.

“They have flown the airplane now alone in the last six months, and before that already very much just under James’s supervision.

“So I feel very comfortable in the structure going forward, and it’s not that suddenly a big weakness has been created,” Wolff concluded.

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