The rumours of Toto Wolff leaving Mercedes to go to Lawrence Stroll’s Aston Martin F1 team (Racing point is expected to be rebranded as Aston Martin in 2021) have intensified after news came out that Wolff bought a stake in the British manufacturer. However the Austrian explains the “personal investment” doesn’t change his relationship with Mercedes.
“The stocks are very low right now and the new product line is great,” said Wolff.
“It is a personal financial investment in an automobile manufacturer not involved in Formula 1. And after corona, there will be a normal time again when people buy cars.”
Furthermore, he confirms there will be no conflict of interest as Mercedes also owns a stake in the company.
“We will supply the new Aston Martin F1 team with our engines, and we will do the same in series production.
“The Aston Martin street cars also have Mercedes engines and Daimler holds a 5 percent stake in Aston Martin.”
With Lewis Hamilton’s Mercedes contract also ending at the end of 2020, some are suggesting both him and Wolff could be on their way to Aston Martin. The Austrian dismisses such rumours.
“To that, I can only give a short statement a la Niki Lauda – total nonsense,” concluded Wolff.
Source: Osterreich newspaper