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2017-07-28 11:54:02

Liberty will present the franchise model for Formula 1

Liberty Media is exploring the possibility of replacing current commercial contracts of Formula 1, the so-called Treaties the Consent to the franchising model.That's according to head of Mercedes Toto Wolff that sounds like thunder from a clear sky on the background of rumors about the future commercial direction of the championship after 2020 when the current Contract agreement will end.The current model of income distribution developed by the now ousted President Bernie Ecclestone, is debatable, as it is aimed at enriching only the rich teams.Toto Wolff "Liberty Media is building a very good approach in the future, any Contract Consent more generally will not.In principle, the teams in the future will have an ongoing franchise that will help to increase its value because they do not have to renegotiate the contract every eight years".

2017-07-28 11:14:05

Chapter Mercedes I don't know how we will do in this race

Chapter Mercedes I don't know how we will do in this race

Head of Mercedes Toto Wolff admitted that he did not know what the outcome of the Hungarian Grand Prix.Toto Wolff "I would not like to comment on this issue. We will win or not is a big question. To begin, I would like to see how the completed qualification because of Friday's results here absolutely have nothing to do with the real speed and capabilities of the teams. The result of this race will directly affect how the team will build a strategy for the development of the car in the second half of the season.

2017-07-22 15:44:05

Chapter Mercedes, the FIA had no choice

Chapter Mercedes, the FIA had no choice

Head of Mercedes Toto Wolff believes that the FIA was just in a desperate situation, introducing Halo to the cars of season 2018.Toto Wolff "I think that the FIA had no choice but to enter the Halo. The mandate requires FIA to improve safety, we considered different systems, and none of them works. Halo is the only correct option.I don't like the appearance and aesthetics of Halo, but the decision was taken - now we need to do everything".

2017-07-20 10:54:03

Head of Mercedes wants Hamilton in the team

Head of Mercedes wants Hamilton in the team

Head of Mercedes Toto Wolff admitted that he wants Lewis Hamilton left the team.Toto Wolff "we are Now focused on the championship. The struggle is very dense. However, all the talk about the future is very positive.Lewis is closely associated with Mercedes, and we love him as a pilot. I think the same thing he feels towards us. We will try to find agreement for the future.He's in a better team in his hands the best car, we have a good basis for a contract. I do not think that the rumors about the Ferrari matter.The current contract of Hamilton with Mercedes expires at the end of 2018.

2017-07-19 12:14:03

Head of Mercedes protects Lewis Hamilton

Head of Mercedes protects Lewis Hamilton

Head of Mercedes Toto Wolff said that the press has once again twisted his relationship with Lewis Hamilton.Toto Wolff "again the Press came up with a completely crazy story about the relationship between me and Lewis and Lewis and the team. It is actually the opposite.Lewis was absent on holiday in London. But this three-time world champion had just set another record for number of pole positions, so no doubt he knows how to prepare for race weekend.As a leader, I give him that freedom and if he thinks that it is better to stay away, spending time with friends, then so be it".

2017-07-19 09:54:04

Chapter Mercedes I find it difficult to talk about Battese

Chapter Mercedes I find it difficult to talk about Battese

Head of Mercedes Toto Wolff admitted that to make a choice for next season it is very difficult, especially considering the level of performance of Valtteri Bottas.Toto Wolff "I'm really happy with Valtteri. Given his performances, making a choice becomes very difficult. But we must think not only about next season, but for several years ahead. We have to collect all the pieces of the puzzle.After the race in Budapest I'll think about it on the beach. As for the season-2018, 90 sure that it will be Bottas".

2017-07-17 10:44:06

Chapter Mercedes Problem transmission will not be repeated

Head of Mercedes Toto Wolff said that the problem with transmission will not be repeated this season.Toto Wolff "We are trying to utilize our potential in all areas, but sometimes it goes too far. This is a new area we where looking for speed, but now we have replaced both boxes and the problem will not recur in the future."Recall that due to the failure of the gearbox Lewis Hamilton received a penalty in the form of loss of five positions in Austria. Such punishment in the UK earned and Valtteri Bottas.

2017-07-17 10:34:04

Toto Wolff sat down on the ear Vettel

Toto Wolff sat down on the ear Vettel

There are rumors that the head of Mercedes Toto Wolff conducts personal talks with Sebastian Vettel.By the way, intimate conversations with the Germans, according to London media reports, the stumbling block in relations Wolff and Hamilton, who because of this came for free rides in London.Toto Wolff "Sebastian and I are neighbors, so we often visit each other".Sebastian Vettel "All I can do now is laugh at this question. This is the stupidest question I've ever asked until now".However, head of Red Bull's Christian Horner believes that Wolff and Vettel talking about future contracts.Christian Horner "I think that Toto just sat in his ear and says, that he continued to serve in the Ferrari for only a year, and therefore have thought about the future. While Ferrari certainly asks SEB for three years".

2017-07-13 12:24:03

Head of Mercedes follows the market of the pilots of the season-2019

Head of Mercedes follows the market of the pilots of the season-2019

Mercedes expects to save Valtteri Bottas in the team in 2018. After replacing Nico Rosberg, the Finn won two races, and 15 points behind his teammate Lewis Hamilton.Head of Mercedes Toto Wolff said that another factor in play is the market for pilots in 2019, when they can come big names, including Daniel ricciardo and Max Verstappen. In the same year is the deadline of the contract with Lewis Hamilton.Toto Wolff "the Market will be pretty interesting in 2019, so you need to plan everything in advance.Most likely, Mercedes will offer Bottas another one-year contract.

2017-07-12 10:24:04

Mercedes decides to help Lewis Hamilton

Mercedes decides to help Lewis Hamilton

Mercedes is trying to decide how to help Lewis Hamilton in the fight for the title.Niki Lauda "I will Now consult with Toto, because it is necessary to do something. 20 points behind is a lot."Toto Wolff "We failed Lewis headrest in Baku, we brought it with the gearbox in Austria. Now it's time to strike back".Lewis Hamilton "I Have no magic wand, but with 20 points behind Vettel is not good enough to fight for the title. One race there is nothing to solve. And the greater the gap, the greater the pressure.

2017-07-10 16:14:03

Force India not ready to tests with Auer

Force India not ready to tests with Auer

Force India is still not confirmed officially part of the pilot of the DTM Lucas Auer in the tests in August of this year.Head of Mercedes Toto Wolff, whose team is supplying engines to Force India, partly involved in the tests, the nephew of Gerhard Berger in Formula 1.Toto Wolff "If it will work in Hungary, behind the wheel of a Force India car, it is not for us to tell."Sports Director of Force India "When we're ready something to announce, I'm sure we will immediately inform you.We are impressed by the work and the results of Lucas - he did a great job in the DTM".While Force India denied that the tests Auer just associated with BWT, the main sponsor of the team.

2017-07-09 14:34:10

Toto Wolff aukon next year, Mercedes will not

Head of Mercedes Toto Wolff has ruled out all the rumors that Esteban Windows can replace Valtteri Bottas in the team in the season of 2018.Toto Wolff "No, he's too young. He's a good guy, and he has a future, but we can't put it together with Lewis Hamilton in the same team."Now Windows acts as Force India, which came under the patronage of Mercedes.

2017-07-07 10:44:03

Cosworth is preparing to return to Formula 1

Nearer the time, when Formula 1 will be determined with the new rules regarding engines. The rules should come into force after 2020. Surprisingly, at the meeting of the working group comes to a lot of manufacturers.Head of Mercedes Toto Wolff "it Was surprisingly a lot of participants, including Porsche, Lamborghini, Aston Martin, Cosworth, Ilmor and AVL".Other sources report that the meeting was attended by representatives of Audi, Alfa Romeo and Zytek. The reason why so many manufacturers interested in the supply of engines - the rejection of the additional electrical power supply.The ex-pilot of Formula 1 Gerhard Berger "Many companies can cope with the technology of the current version of engine but when it comes to all the complexities of a hybrid component, few are able to do the job perfectly.CEO Formula-1 chase Carey "the Engines need to be louder, but less complex. At the same time need to preserve low costs".

2017-07-05 11:14:04

Eddie Jordan refuses to be silent

The argument between the former owner of the eponymous team Eddie Jordan and the head of Mercedes Toto Wolff continues.Not so long ago first said that the German team will leave the championship at the end of this season. In addition, the Formula 1 will go sponsor Petronas. Wolff has denied these rumors, but Eddie doesn't let up.Eddie Jordan "I just said they are in F1 for marketing reasons and for technical reasons, not for charity. They'll leave when the situation will cease to hold.I just said that contracts with Petronas and UBS is coming to an end at the end of season 2018.I understand that Toto is angry, but it's not my problem, that's life. If I say things, then say this with self-righteousness. He was talking about 1500 employees, but I'm talking about the thousands of shareholders, and the decision is made by the Executive Board. If they deem that the investment is no longer warranted, they will simply leave.My job is to tell people the truth. And that's exactly what I'll do next.I have no problems with anyone. I can log into any box of any team, and if someone thinks I can't do that, let him say it to me personally.

2017-07-05 11:14:02

Chapter Mercedes All knew that the problems will start soon

Head of Mercedes Toto Wolff was sympathetic to the fact that between Vettel and Hamilton began rubbing.Toto Wolff "Every year in Formula 1 mzhno to identify the main rivalry. Last year it was our internal struggle between Lewis and Nico. This year the fight is between Ferrari and Mercedes, with Lewis and Sebastian.It all started quietly, but it was only a matter of time when the rivalry escalates into a brutal and controversial struggle. This moment occurred in Baku, and we saw the results of this tension on the track.Now the head of this confrontation is closed after a hearing of the FIA. We adopt this solution, we analyzed their weaknesses and are ready for a new fight".

2017-06-30 08:54:03

Mercedes took the blame with headrest

Mercedes took the blame with headrest

The Mercedes team completely took the blame for the incident with the head of Lewis Hamilton during the race in Baku.Head of Mercedes Toto Wolff "I'm not one to point fingers, I'm not going to single out one person. This team has won three world Championships, and we'll continue to work as a unified team."Non-Executive Director of Mercedes Niki Lauda "Mounts that attach the headrest to the body of the car, do not engage in the slot. The situation has worsened due to the large load caused by the air flow at high speed. We change the design so it does not happen again. It would be an easy victory for us, if not for offensive failure.However, I am delighted to have won Red Bull because it will give them the momentum necessary before the Austrian Grand Prix".

2017-06-28 11:44:04

Chapter Mercedes McLaren Time is running out

Head of Mercedes Toto Wolff said that the McLaren is the time to decide, they need the help of the Germans or not.Toto Wolff "We have to learn all at once after the summer break. McLaren probably needs to understand their situation before we did, but we have to make a decision. I'm not pushing anyone, just we have our own action plans.We do not want and will not cause breakdown in the relationship between McLaren and Honda. If the British need our engine - they'll tell us."Earlier, McLaren said that they can take a pause in cooperation with Honda and the time to use Mercedes engines.

2017-06-28 10:44:05

Toto Wolff has warned Eddie Jordan

Toto Wolff has warned Eddie Jordan

Just lay down a wave of rumors, which was started by the former head of the eponymous team Eddie Jordan that Mercedes out of Formula 1, as 69-year-old Briton has again reminded of itself. This time he said that Mercedes has already found a buyer for their team and main sponsors will leave the championship at the end of the season.Toto Wolff "I'm ready to joke with Eddie. But I'm not laughing now. We are talking about the 1,500 employees who care about your future.I told him that this is very serious for me. We don't leave Formula 1, none of our sponsors does not leave Formula 1 and we are very happy and satisfied with their achievements.He should stop spreading rumors".

2017-06-27 10:44:05

Toto Wolff When you communicate with Briatore, always talking about Alonso

Head of Mercedes Toto Wolff said that he really held a meeting in the restaurant with Flavio Briatore, an old friend Fernando Alonso.Toto Wolff "When you Flavio, the conversation inevitably comes to Fernando Alonso But we are very happy with our two drivers and see no reason to change the team. So talking about the contract with Alonso was not."Flavio Briatore "nothing, Nothing. Wolff constantly asks me about the future of Fernando, but now is not the time. He is in a McLaren. Alonso already proved that flies at the highest level".

2017-06-27 10:44:03

Mercedes continues game with Ferrari

Head of Mercedes Toto Wolff on arrival in Baku of the teams asked the FIA to clarify the rules about adding oil to the fuel. There were rumors that Ferrari have used clever placement of the additional oil tank to improve performance.As the Italian team unexpectedly lost in the pace, some observers attributed this drop in speed with attacks Mercedes.Toto Wolff "I don't know why the gap became that way. I don't know what they're doing teams, but I think that further clarification was imparted by representatives of the FIA makes the conditions for deception and subterfuge impossible.

2017-06-22 11:04:03

Nephew Berger debuts on tests of Formula 1

Nephew Berger debuts on tests of Formula 1

Nephew of the ex-pilot of Formula 1 Gerhard Berger intends to make a big step forward in its ambitions to serve in the Royal races.22-year-old Lucas, Auer, the son of Berger's sister, is a contender for the title in the German DTM championship. This year he was in favour of Mercedes.Mercedes boss Toto Wolff said that Auer has all the qualities necessary for a Formula 1 driver. And now the German edition of Auto Bild reported that Auer will conduct tests in Formula 1 at the wheel of the car of Mercedes or Force India.

2017-06-22 10:54:03

Mercedes in no hurry to help McLaren

Head of Mercedes Toto Wolff is still reluctant to talk about the possibility of supplying engines to McLaren next year.Toto Wolff "It's not our priority at the moment. Most importantly, Honda has made progress and is able to fight at the highest level. We do not want to interfere in their work at this stage".

2017-06-22 10:14:02

Toto Wolff does not hurry with the contract of Valtteri Bottas

Toto Wolff does not hurry with the contract of Valtteri Bottas

Head of Mercedes Toto Wolff is in no hurry to sign a new agreement with Bottas.Toto Wolff "of Course, he experiences some pressure. For me, Valtteri is a great pilot, it is well-established. It later was invited, but he immediately began to fight at a high level against the best pilots of Formula-1.When we made our offer, Valtteri, we knew that at the end of the year, the market pilots will be opened. We won't take the time to make the decision, but the overall opinion of the team is that Bottas is good at his job.

2017-06-21 10:04:04

Valtteri Bottas is counting on a long-term contract

Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas wants to get a long-term contract with Mercedes. The current contract expires at the end of this year.Valtteri Bottas "I like to race in Baku. And I think it's time to try again to win.The victory is the first thing I think of when chasing, but I know that for the team in the first place - the work and its results. I want to be consistent and to achieve a long-term contract with Mercedes".Head of Mercedes Toto Wolff "Bottas is a great place in the championship. Hard to believe he only recently joined our team. He surpassed all our expectations. He already has the pole position, victory and sometimes a clear dominance over Lewis on Saturday and Sunday. He just needs to put it all together and I'm sure he will do it".

2017-06-20 12:14:08

Nico Rosberg said Toto Wolff

Nico Rosberg said Toto Wolff

Recently the head of Mercedes Toto Wolff said that Nico Rosberg was the basis of the problems in the relationship with Lewis Hamilton. The German, who in last season's champion, sees things differently.Nico Rosberg "I know that Toto really thinks about me, so I don't care what the English press writes. Last Tuesday we gathered together 600000 Euro for blind children at a charity event.From time to time I read what you write on the Internet, but this Chapter is closed for me. It's funny because all these squabbles do not concern me more. I won the battle. I hope that one day we will be together on all this to laugh".

2017-06-19 09:44:03

Toto Wolff Chief intriguer was Rosberg

Toto Wolff Chief intriguer was Rosberg

The head of Mercedes Toto Wolff said, who was a real intriguer in relations Rosberg-Hamilton.Toto Wolff "the One who is no longer here. That's for sure. Nico was just trying to use all the weapons that he had. Was all the psychological games that you can think of to destabilize his opponent.Each year the battles have affected their psyche. When you work at such a high level as an athlete, you will definitely are exposed to terrible pressure. All that influenced them both.

2017-06-16 09:54:08

Toto Wolff about the Rosberg I don't understand

Head of Mercedes Toto Wolff said that journalists paraphrased his words concerning relations with Nico Rosberg.Toto Wolff "I said only that he would be surprised if I saw him in the peloton next year. I'm not saying that I will not be surprised if he returns to the championship in the Ferrari camp.It all shows how out of the blue created history at the Formula-1".

2017-06-14 12:34:04

Nico Rosberg has rejected the return to Formula-1

Nico Rosberg has rejected the return to Formula-1

Champion of the season in 2016 Nico Rosberg said bluntly that he did not want to return to the Royal race.Nico Rosberg "No, I really retired. I am happy and proud of the results and successes achieved. They're good enough. Formula 1 for me in the past, and I'm going to do something new.I don't even want to go back for one Grand Prix. I would have refused. From the Formula-E I also don't refuse. Maybe I'll try in the future."Earlier, the head of Mercedes Toto Wolff said "I would not be surprised to see Nico in a Ferrari or something. He's only 31, he is still young. Maybe he'll change his mind".

2017-06-14 12:14:03

Lewis Hamilton Bottas Rosberg is much better

Lewis Hamilton Bottas Rosberg is much better

Pilot Mercedes Lewis Hamilton said that his relationship with new team mate Valtteri Bottas just fine.Lewis Hamilton "Yeah, with Valtteri it's different. Bottas supports me is professional, very professional, we are now as a team, we are more United than ever. But when it's Vice versa, I will help and support him."Head of Mercedes Toto Wolff "You just need to see how they interact on the podium. It does not like Lewis and Nico".