Where is Toto? Mercedes team principal misses conference calls

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Mercedes-Teamchef Toto Wolff
Mercedes-Teamchef Toto Wolff

The Formula 1 community is concerned with this question: Where is Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff?

Background: The Mercedes team boss did not take part in the last BOTH conference calls between FIA, Formula 1 and the teams. Both meetings dealt with important decisions about the future of Formula One. It was time to bring the company holidays forward and postpone the rule revolution to 2021.

“This is a very unusual behavior”, say colleagues. According to Mercedes Wolff has just been in transit and technical director James Allison deputised for him. Nothing special.

There had already been rumors in December that Wolff could leave Mercedes in the direction of Aston Martin. The Viennese and Mercedes had always referred them to the realm of fables.

Fact is: His Mercedes contract expires at the end of the year. And: Most recently, Daimler boss Ola Källenius intervened twice against decisions by the Austrian.

When Wolff wanted to start his silver arrows in Melbourne despite the McLaren withdrawal, Källenius pulled his team boss back on the phone, which could be heard by other team bosses.

In addition, Mercedes AMG F1 initiated the uprising of the seven teams against FIA-Ferrarigate with Wolff. Here, too, it was said to be Källenius who withdrew Mercedes from the phalanx of the “Magnificent Seven” after a phone call with FIAT boss John Elkann, as F1-Insider.com had reported exclusively.

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