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  1. Flavio_C

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    ‘Daimler is dissatisfied with Wolff’s ancillary activities in F1’
    Published by Cyber Flows on 08/08/2020

    At Daimler, the parent company of Mercedes, the dissatisfaction with Toto Wolff’s ancillary activities within Formula 1 would continue to grow. That is what NU.nl writes Saturday morning based on several sources that are close to Mercedes.




    It is said that Ola Källenius believes that Wolff’s influence in Formula 1 is far too great. Daimler’s CEO would like the 48-year-old millionaire to focus solely on Mercedes and its interests. However, this is a utopia, because, in addition to being the team boss of Mercedes, Wolff is also the representative of Valtteri Bottas and George Russell. Moreover, the Austrian top man has shares in Racing Point and Williams, the client teams of Mercedes.

    Although Daimler has always expressed confidence in Wolff to the outside world, there is dissatisfaction within the company with the Austrian’s ancillary activities”, writes the aforementioned Dutch medium. This has mainly to do with the departure of former Daimler-CEO Dieter Zetsche and the arrival of Källenius. With Zetsche, Wolff could easily pass through a door, both in business and in private, but with Källenius this is anything but the case.

    Wolff’s contract with Mercedes expires after this season. Whether he can sign a new contract with the German world champions is unknown. Wolff seems to have two other options: leave for Racing Point where his good friend Lawrence Stroll runs a team or succeed Chase Carey as CEO of Liberty Media. However, the latter option doesn’t seem to be going to be easy, because if you want to fill such a position, you have to have not been active in Formula 1 for at least three years in order to be objective. For Wolff that seems impossible with his many roles in the royal class of motorsport.
     
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  3. SimCity3

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    Wolff has been calling the shots in F1 for quite a few years.

    As a gamekeeper Todt is weak.
    He was a better poacher.
     
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  4. A348W

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    Nothing is forever, so there is bound to be change at some stage.

    Whatever Wolff does will have a big impact on the sport; but I really hope whatever he does he gets Russell a top seat. That kid is doing great things and he is obviously leaning in and working hard with the team (unlike some lazy brat who use to be there!!!)
     
  5. greyboxer

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    This is probably a rehash of the same story from a few months ago
     
  6. DF1

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    Im amazed at the language Toto used yesterday with respect to the teams protesting the Clone Point Cheat car. Really? He does talk a bit too big at times. He needs to go. He can then focus on his ''ancilliary' important activities. My opinion of him and Mercedes is down a bit this week now.
     
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  8. ingegnere

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    He really talks big and too much. Certainly takes himself very seriously but sometimes sounds stupid, not to mention vulgar.

    His thoughts on the Concorde Agreement were laughable as I noted yesterday:

    Dodo saying “Mercedes has contributed to the sport over the last years”. Should be “Mercedes has contributed to [destroying the appeal of] the sport over the last years!”

    LOL using the popularity of your driver like he’s an asset of the company. I wonder what Bottas (just kidding, I mean HAM) thinks about that.

    Also probably not happy to have to turn off the taps (fire hose?) on spending that resulted in frivolous crap like DAS.

     
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  9. DF1

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    I dont care what Toto thinks today. What does Daimler proper think of this. The 'brand' matters more than Toto...........they will fire him before LH LOL
     
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    I guess he’s trying to get himself back into the graces of Mercedes by being tough on Concorde negotiations, or at least appearing to be tough.
     
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    Toto has his fingers in too many pies and his coziness with Lawrence Stroll doesn't smell right. Kallenius is not a fan of F1. If Wolff's conduct with Tracing Point crossed a line I could see MB folding the team--right we dominated the era, nothing left to prove, adds no value to the company. Perhaps this is in the wind and Toto expects Stroll & Company to scoop up the team's assets and merge them with Tracing Point? Something must be enticing to Vettel, is this what they are whispering in his ear?
    BTW if Szafnauer can afford a new Pista Tracing Point is paying him too much.
     
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  13. william

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    #10 william, Aug 8, 2020
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    Not sure, but I think Toto Wolff owns a controling interest in the Mercedes-AMG F1 team, like 40%..

    Sacking Wolff and Hamilton would be like killing the goose that lay golden eggs. o_O
     
  14. DF1

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    Im a fan of F1. I would not miss either for very long. I like FA, dont miss him much as was the case for Kimi. Time for a change in F1 no matter. Toto sounds ridiculous this week. He and Stroll Sr should start and axxhole club.
     
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    You don't like them, fair enough.
    There are some people I have no taste for in F1, but I don't wish to get rid of them.
     
  16. DF1

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    Leaving F1 is their decision. Id get over it rather quickly. I dont live for F1 or any of its members. Lets be quite real about all this. Its a nice activity to watch. F1 would survive without Mercedes. Toto has really crossed a line this week. They are in the lead and he is crying over their image and their treatment lol. Really?
     
  17. Mitch Alsup

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    Realistically, the Schumacher years with Brawn, and the Vettel years with Horner were nearly as bad. Any long continuous string of domination is bad for the sport.
     
  18. ingegnere

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    Those periods were tough on the other competitors but it was never so bad and hopeless as in this hybrid era.
     
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    Agree
    Most interesting thing seems that the FIA never tried to slow down this trend but always support it.
    Don't know why ..
     
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  20. ingegnere

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    Yes. If I remember well the Schumi wins brought a host of changes that were clearly aimed at stopping the winning even if it wasn’t so predictable as today. Changes to qualifying, refueling and eventually to engine materials and displacement.
     
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  21. Bas Jaski

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    Agree. In those years Schumacher only truly dominated in 2002 and 2004. 2000 was hard fought, 2003 was hard fought. 2001 they had good competition.

    Same goes for Vettel and Red Bull... neither team had such a dominance over F1 that Mercedes has for such a long period. And Ferrari and Red Bull where hampered by constant rule changes in order to minimize the advantage...whereas now anyone that gets close to mercedes gets neutered.

    Dodo now saying that Mercedes is a victim is beyond comprehension, the sheer arrogance is in very bad taste.
     
  22. Mitch Alsup

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    I suspect FIA does not F1 to smell like it has a Balance of Performance handicapping system.....
     
  23. jpalmito

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    Looks like more dark toto sidious managed to corrupt the old republic to my eyes.
     
  24. Dilusha

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    Toto sounds extra ridiculous this week. Poor guy must be tired of winning. :(
     
  25. DeSoto

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    So far, Toto´s "ancilliaries" did not affect Mercedes´ own team, but the issue with Racing Point is different. Althogh I doubt he could do that without Mercedes approval. Also you don´t make changes in a winning team.
     
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    The proposed Concorde Agreement doesn't financially reward Mercedes in regard to the many championships they have won.

    At the same time it still keeps an unfair advantage for Ferrari that hasn't won a championship in the last 13 years+.

    I think that's what Toto Wolff was refering to, and the term "victim" applies to the unfair proposal.

    Any CEO has the duty to defend the interests of his company, Wolff is no different.
     
  27. DF1

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    The largesse of Daimler puts Toto's words on the back foot. Mercedes is not a victim. Possibly of its own success lol. Mercedes took a rather long break in contributing to F1. Sorry Toto your life is not at all over in any way.
     
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  28. Flavio_C

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    I'm not sure if Toto needs approval at "chairman" level for that. Doesn't he own 40% of the F1 team??
     

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