Mercedes Formula 1 Team Principal Toto Wolff has given a hint that a role change at the Silver Arrows could be on the horizon.
Wolff’s contract as the Mercedes Team Principal is currently due to expire at the end of this season, coinciding with Lewis Hamilton’s contract end date.
The Mercedes team boss has constantly maintained that nothing has been decided on his future, but that he sees no reason to leave Mercedes, but rumours of his future position with the team have been rife, after Wolff took out shares in Aston Martin.
The British based car manufacturer were brought out by Lawrence Stroll earlier in the year and he has tied the firm up with Racing Point for 2021, leading to speculation that Wolff could join them next year.
Reigning world champion Lewis Hamilton has also said that his future with Mercedes also depends on Wolff’s future, and he is yet to begin any formal contract talks with the team.
When asked about his future at the Silver Arrows in Friday’s FIA press conference at the Spanish Grand Prix, Wolff said that he sees no reason to leave Mercedes, but hinted it could be in a different role.
“I really have enjoyed many years in Formula 1 in that role and the discussions that we are having are very good.” commented Wolff.
“I’m happy that my relationship with Ola is probably as good as it can be and we speak almost every day.
“There are many factors that make me want to stay in Formula 1.
On the other side, it takes a toll and this plays into my consideration but as it stands, there is no reason not to continue with Mercedes and we will find out in which role.”
Wolff also acknowledged that he understands why people can be annoyed with him for having multiple business interests whilst also being Team Principal, but added that it was fully discussed with Mercedes from the beginning of his tenure.
“I completely understand that if you have been successful over a few years and me as an entrepreneur, which I have always been, having interests in certain indirect relationships with players in the sport – this is annoying.” he added.
“If I were on the other side I would also pick on these things.
“There is one essential point with me: when I joined Mercedes, I decided, and this was an intense discussion with Mercedes, to do everything in the interest of the sport.”