Toto Wolff: Mercedes’ Future In Formula 1 ‘Unclear’ Beyond 2020

Wed, Nov 9, 2016 1,286

It appears there might be good news if you’re sick of watching Mercedes-AMG Petronas run away with the Formula 1 constructor title each year.

Toto Wolff, head of Mercedes-Benz Motorsport, told Italian publication La Gazzetta dello Sport the German manufacturer is committed to F1 through 2020, but nothing has been decided beyond that, according to Autoweek.

“Mercedes decided in 2009 to compete not only as an engine supplier but also with its own team in Formula 1,” Wolff said, via Autoweek. “We have committed ourselves until 2020, but what happens then is unclear. In my opinion, we will stay in Formula 1 if the sport develops in a positive way.”

Many people inside the F1 paddock, Wolff included, expressed frustration have expressed frustration with the sport’s rule-making structure in recent years, but Liberty Media’s takeover could lead to significant improvements. If the series doesn’t change, however, it wouldn’t be surprising to see the Silver Arrows pull out.

Formula E in October confirmed Mercedes secured an option to join the all-electric series starting in Season 5. So if Merc is still unhappy with the state of F1 come 2020, it wouldn’t be as though it’s pulling the plug on racing entirely.

As for Wolff, who led Mercedes to become the most dominant constructor in F1, his future is even less certain.

“In 2012, I got this role at Mercedes. It’s now 2016,” Wolff said, via Autoweek. “I will not stay in Formula 1 forever — let’s say a few more years, as long as I am having fun at work. The situation is that I love what I do, and I want to work with the same people with whom we have achieved such fabulous results. At the moment, I am negotiating for another two years.”

We hope Wolff sticks around until Mercedes enters FE. It would be pretty interesting to see if he could help Mercedes achieve the same level of dominance in that series as he did in “the pinnacle of motorsport.”

Thumbnail photo via Mercedes-AMG Petronas