F1 2019: Mercedes boss to miss first F1 race since 2013

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff is to miss this weekend’s Brazilian GP and is to stay in Europe “to focus on other open topics” as both championships have now been decided.


Having not missed a single F1 race since 2013, Wolff, 47, will stay in Europe and manage other issues in his role as head of Mercedes Motorsport. Leading the F1 team through the weekend’s race at Interlagos (Brazil) will be Technical Director James Allison.

One of the reasons in which Wolff will be dealing with is the German manufacturers debut in the electric racing series, Formula E. Taking part in the sixth season of competition for the first time, Mercedes will go up against the likes of racing rivals Porsche, Audi and BMW as the racing start on the 22nd of November in Saudi Arabia.

“With both championships secured, it gives me more time in Europe to focus on other open topics.

“It’s great to be able to do this and to know that the team will represent the three-pointed star in the best way possible both on and off the track.”

Mercedes Team Principal and CEO, Toto Wolff

Both the Driver’s and the Team’s Championships have already been decided this year with Mercedes taking a sixth consecutive title at the Japanese GP and with driver Lewis Hamilton taking a sixth driver’s title two races later in America.

Out of the 19 races so far, Mercedes have taken 14 victories with Hamilton and Valterri Bottas sharing the spoils. The team are 216 points clear of nearest rivals Ferrari and although the championship has been decided, they are aiming to end this record-breaking season on a high.

“We have two races to go in the 2019 season and we want to end this season on a high” said Wolff.

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