Toto Wolff ‘changed his mind’ on the new Concorde Agreement

 

Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff says the team has decided to “move forward” with Liberty Media and sign the new Concorde Agreement.

Recently Wolff said Mercedes is not ready to sign the new Concorde Agreement and wanted some “cleaning up” before the team was ready to move forward. However at the Spanish Grand Prix Friday press conference the Austrian said he ‘changed his mind’.

“I’ve been pretty vocal after the meetings that we had within the team, to say this is what we need and these are the clarifications we need in order to move forward,” said Wolff.

“But I’ve changed my opinion in Silverstone. I don’t think that the teams will ever be united. Everybody tries to achieve some little deals outside everybody. There’s a blame culture in the media.

“So we have decided to move forward with Liberty. I’ve had some very constructive discussions with Chase over the last weekend, and most of the clarifications that we wanted to achieve have been discussed.

“I feel we’re are at a good point to sign the Concorde agreement and move on.”


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Several F1 teams including Ferrari and Red Bull have been vocal about their readiness to sign the Concorde Agreement, which prompted Wolff to say they were “up the arse” of commercial rights holder Liberty Media in public, while they were critical of certain provisions of the agreement in private.

“What frustrated me was that we as the teams are not capable of really joining up in order to have a common standpoint,” explained the Austrian.

“Not in a way that goes against Liberty or FOM, not at all, but we’re having these meetings and everybody seems to be interested in the same clarifications, and in the same kind of mark-up for contracts that are necessary.

“Then we leave the meetings, and on air, I hear opinions that differ very much from what was said within the meeting. That is a certain frustration, I don’t know why that happens.

“I have clarified my position very clearly with the ones that I think pick up the phone immediately once the meeting is finished.

“I have come to a point that if we are not capable of us as the teams to have a joint standpoint for the benefits of the teams, then we’ll have to go back and have our own.”

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