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Austrian investor and racing driver Toto Wolff working as an Executive Director of Mercedes Formula 1 Team and a shareholder in Williams F1.

The new appointed Mercedes head says that first it is watch and listen, and then I will give my opinion and execute my opinion. Wolff has focused his highlights on improving the fortunes of the car manufacturer’s Formula One team

Wolff also rejected latest report that team Mercedes planning to eliminate Principal Ross Brawn for a new construction led by himself and McLaren technical director Paddy Lowe.

“The commitment from Mercedes is there. Formula One needs patience. When you look back in history it shows that you cannot turn around a team within a couple of years. “Toto Wolff told the official Formula 1 website, about his new role at Mercedes.

“But then, where are we right now? Ross (Brawn) has worked hard with his team over the winter and there are some brilliant people there. I have met all of them in the last two weeks. That seems short, but you have an instant feeling if you get along with somebody or not and my gut feeling is positive.”

“We will see where we are in a couple of weeks – actually Saturday March 16 at 5.00pm in Melbourne! By then I will develop a better picture of the structure of the team and see where input is needed.”

Toto Wolff explains the roles of the Niki Lauda and Ross Brawn at Mercedes “The command structure is actually very clear. I think things were made up by the media a couple of weeks ago suggesting that it is not so clear, but that is not the case.”

“Niki is the non-executive chairman of the board which means that he heads the board in non-operational, non-executive functions. He is a triple world champion; he is a good negotiator and he has good relationships. He is very straightforward and direct and is somebody who will be looking after the team. He is chairing the board but it is less of an operational function. Then there is the executive board that is running the company and I am part of the executive board.” He added.

“My angle is more from the commercial side, but of course there are overlaps to the racing activities with Ross. Ross is the team principal who is in charge of the racing team. Nick Fry is still the CEO, and as my role is twofold – on one side I represent Mercedes-Benz as their head of motorsport, on the other side I am a shareholder within the team – I will fit in the senior management.

The Austrian said about objectives of 2013, “Well, I could say as much as I like that I had no involvement in the 2013 car – which is actually the truth in terms of car performance – but that doesn’t count. I have been here for two weeks but nobody cares whether I’ve been here one year or one week. I have taken up the responsibility so it is important to get a feeling for the people, and I have a good feeling for most of them. If it is not going in the direction I want, I will implement the structure that I think will work.”


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