Toto Wolff has two key skills that could help in Mercedes’ battle to bring Lewis Hamilton back to the front of the pack. Speaking to F1’s Beyond the Grid podcast, Toto’s wife Susie said the team principal was a good communicator.
Susie, who is a full-fledged racing team owner at Rokit Venturi’s Formula E team, also added that Wolff “wants brilliant people around him” who can challenge him on decisions. This trait could prove vital for Mercedes’ season as they aim to use their experience to find the rhythm for Hamilton and George Russell.
The Silver Arrows are struggling in 2022 and were the third fastest car on the grid in Bahrain and Saudi Arabia. The poor start can be reversed, but Hamilton is now nearly 30 points behind Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc in the championship hunt.
Susie Wolff said: “I’m definitely inspired by the way he leads the organization. He’s very genuine, he’s very, very good at his communication and that’s where he has a lot of empathy with the people he works with.
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He said he learned a lot of his skills from looking aside at Williams and in the DTM.
The Austrian explained: “I was able to follow different styles of management and they went from really micromanaging all the details and not holding individuals accountable. On the other side, almost off leash and letting everyone go all over the place.
“From there, I developed my own way of approaching it, and I believe it’s about hiring and developing the right people. Forming a culture and a team spirit around them , then find the main objective Once that is defined, we leave each other in our respective fields to achieve the main objective.
Toto also claimed that his team “will not rest” until they are back near the front of the pitch.
After disappointing results in Saudi Arabia, he said: “It’s extremely painful not to be part of these fun games, and with a big lap time delay.
“We’re not going to rest until we’re back in the mix. But you’re absolutely right: it’s not fun at all. [It’s] an exercise in humility, and it’s going to make us stronger in the end, even if it’s not fun right now.